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Israel: Digitization of School Books

(Sept. 20, 2011) In September 2011, Israel's Ministry of Education issued a public announcement on digital textbooks. The announcement indicated that the Ministry was implementing a national program titled “Adjusting the Education System to the 21st Century.” Within the framework of this program, the Ministry announced the beginning of a process designed to replace all […]

Australia: Former Student Wins Negligence Case Against School for Bullying

(Apr. 20, 2011) On April 13, 2011, the Supreme Court of New South Wales, in Australia, held that a school had breached its duty of care to a former student by failing to implement its anti-bullying policy or to take steps to adequately deal with ongoing bullying behavior toward her by other students while she […]

Sri Lanka: Plan for Aid to University Students to Be Developed

(Apr. 1, 2011) Sri Lanka's Minister of Higher Education, S.B. Dissanayake, recently proposed a new law, the Human Capital Development Finance Act. The plan has been approved by the Cabinet, and the drafting process will begin soon. The purpose of the legislation is to provide aid in the form of bank loans to underprivileged university […]

France: Suspension of Family Allowances in Case of School Absenteeism

(Feb. 1, 2011) Decree 2011-89 of January 21, 2011, sets forth the modalities under which family allowances may be either suspended or revoked, in totality or partly, when a child fails to attend school as provided by Law 2010-1127 of September 28, 2010, aimed at fighting school absenteeism in France. The Decree took effect on […]

Nigeria: Regional Court Says Government Has Legal Obligation to Provide Free and Compulsory Education to Children

(Dec. 3, 2010) On November 30, 2010, the Court of Justice of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS CCJ) ruled that the Nigerian government has an obligation to provide free and compulsory education to every Nigerian child (ECOWAS Court Orders Nigeria to Provide Free, Compulsory Education, AFRIQUE AVENIR (Dec. 1, 2010), http://tinyurl.com/399ocddn). This […]

Denmark: Student Grant Rules to Be Changed

(July 9, 2010) It was reported on July 8, 2010, that Denmark's government is planning to amend rules on state grants to students to limit the number of years in which a student can qualify for the funding. By cutting the period to five years, the government hopes to push students to complete their education […]

Israel: Court Rules Against Guaranteed Income for Students at Religious Institutes

(June 16, 2010) On June 14, 2010, Israel's High Court of Justice issued a ruling that ends the payment of a guaranteed income to certain students. The group affected is married men enrolled at advanced religious studies institutes. In 2009, the total funding for the program was NIS121 million (about US$25.8 million), and the payments […]

Cape Verde: New Law Will Require Journalists to Have a Degree

(May 5, 2010) A new Journalist Statute was approved by the Cape Verdean Parliament in April 2010 and must be voted on by the National Assembly in May 2010 before it can come into force. According to the approved Statute, in order to work as a journalist, a person will need to have a college […]

Japan: Public Support for High School Tuition

(May 3, 2010) On March 31, 2010, the Diet (Japan's parliament) enacted a law to subsidize all or part of high school tuition (Kōritsu kōtō gakkō ni kakaru jugyō ryō no fu chōshu oyobi kōtō gakkō tō shūgaku shien kin no shikyū ni kansuru hōritsu (hereinafter Tuition Law), Law No. 18 of 2010). Tuition for […]

India: Government Seeks to Implement Right to Education by Mid-2010

(Mar. 9, 2010) The Government of India recently announced that it will issue rules to implement the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Bill, 2009, by mid-2010. The Constitution of India was amended in 2002 to make free and compulsory education for children 6 to 14 years old a fundamental right. In 2009, […]