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Foreign Students in English Unis in Decline

The number of foreign students admitted at universities in England declined for the first time in 29 years, BBC News said, citing a report by the Higher Education Funding Council for England.

According to the Hefce report — Global demand for English higher education — the number of students from the European Union and other parts of the world has slid from 311,800 in academic year 2011-2012 to 307,205 in academic year 2012-2013. The report says that most decline were in the number of university entrants from South Asia, like India and Pakistan, at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

In 2011-2012, the number of Indian students in English universities was 13,250, but dipped to just 10,235 in 2012-2013. On the other hand, there were 4,580 Pakistani students in 2011-2012, but for 2012-2013, their numbers dropped 38 per cent to 2,825. Read the rest of this entry

Consultation on New Grade System in England Launched

Qualifications and exams regulator Ofqual (Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation) has started a consultation on a new that will use numbers, instead of the current letter practice.

If the new grading system is adopted, GCSEs in England would have grading approach and structure from GCSEs in Wales and Northern Ireland.

For a short summary, the new grading will entail GCSEs being graded from nine to one. Read the rest of this entry

Compulsory Language Lessons in England: Many teachers “ill-equipped”

A new research showed that around 23 per cent of primary schools in England had teachers whose highest language qualification was a GCSE, according to a report by BBC News. The results of the research come as all primary schools in the country are expected to provide language lessons to students from seven to 11 years old starting September.

The research suggests that primary schools are increasingly becoming ill-equipped to teach language to their students. According to BBC, the study said many primary schools did “not have access to teaching staff with specialist training in the teaching of languages to young children.”

Around 31 per cent of primary schools had teachers with an A-level in a foreign language while only 30 per cent had staff with a language degree.

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45% of Student Loans Won’t be Repaid Under New System

Replacing the old system with a worse one?

Under a new debt repayment system in England, students could only repay their loans when they are earning at least £21,000 a year. Because of this, the government now says that around 45 per cent of them would not be able to repay their loans, since they would not earn enough to do so.

This means that the government will just have to write off 45 per cent of loans extended to student, under the new system.

This also means that nearly half of future graduates are studying for free, and would not have to worry about paying off what they owe to taxpayers.

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