Asia Education

Tasers for teachers

By Sun, Sep 26, 2010 4:31AM UTC

Queensland Liberal National Party staffers with time to kill created a mock policy document proposing that Tasers be issued to teachers for managing student behaviour: The document, which was shared among policy advisers, said giving teachers Tasers would provide a valuable discipline tool, allow control of the entire class without

A free lunch for India’s children

By Fri, Sep 24, 2010 3:45PM UTC

The world’s biggest free lunch program provides crucial nutrition across the country, writes Asia Sentinel’s Jasvinder Sehgal In India, the old adage “there’s no such thing as a free lunch” is just about dead, it seems, at least for millions of the teeming country’s children. An ambitious initiative recently passed

Japan to pilot digital textbooks in classrooms

By Fri, Sep 24, 2010 2:43PM UTC

Japan will soon start trialling electronic textbooks in primary schools, enhancing the role of IT in the classroom for a generation of “digital natives” born in the wired age. Under the “future school” project, 10 elementary schools will give all their under-12 pupils tablet PCs and fit their classrooms with

UN: Pakistan floods hit more than 10,000 schools

By Wed, Sep 22, 2010 8:23PM UTC

Pakistan’s flood crisis has damaged more than 10,000 schools, affecting several million pupils and requiring massive investment in a nation struggling with literacy, the UN warned Wednesday. Torrential rain began falling in northern Pakistan in July and the floods have since moved slowly south, wiping out villages and farmland, and

NZ school under fire over possum throwing contest

By Wed, Sep 22, 2010 4:11PM UTC

  A New Zealand school that staged a possum-throwing contest came under fire from animal protection groups Wednesday for encouraging students in the “morally wrong” practice. The contest, in which students swung possum carcasses over their heads and hurled them across the playground, was unacceptable, the New Zealand Royal Society

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