England's Tory schools spokesman Michael Gove says the education gap between the country's rich and poor students continues to grow. He is suggesting efforts to make it easier to open academies in poorer areas.
A plan proposed by officials in England would cut the amount of training time needed to become a teacher by half. "By cutting the initial teacher training course to six months for the most able candidates, we will make teaching a more attractive choice for experienced people who want to get into the classroom quickly but need high-quality initial teacher training," Schools Minister Jim Knight said.
A decline in school attendance among Australia's Aboriginal children is being blamed on a policy that often prevents them from being taught in their native language. Data released by the Northern Territory Education Department show that attendance among those students has fallen more than 2% since last year.
Some are questioning whether Malaysian teachers should teach science and maths in English, and the 6-year-old policy is under review by the Education Ministry. Some say the practice is disrespectful to the country's national language, but others say it is meant only to improve English proficiency among students.
The graduation rate among students in Ontario continues to climb, and officials say they hope to graduate 85% of students by the next school year. About 77% of students graduated last year -- up from 68% in 2003.
Students in Scotland and Pakistan are learning about different cultures through a programme linking 30,000 schools in the two countries. Four children, ranging from age 10 to 13, offer insights into their experiences in the programme and what they have found beneficial.