Students end 150-day protest over for-profit campus
Students of Seoul National University protested for five months over plans for a branch campus which would be funded by raising projects required under government reforms to reduce university dependence on tuition fees. Students agreed that the campus had no academic vision but a clear business plan and demanded the university repeal the contract as students were not consulted over the major change. The protest came to an end after the university administration turned a water hose on the students the day after president Park was dismissed from office. The main party currently in opposition, the Democratic Party of Korea, has said it will review former president Park’s higher education reforms which have led to new for-profit ventures by universities.
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Drop in teacher training recruits revealed
The latest figures show the number of trainees dropped for 7% this year and head teachers’ leaders said the drop in recruits would deepen the teacher recruitment crisis. The Department for Education said there were more teachers than ever before in England’s schools. It said it had devised schemes to ensure new teachers stayed in their jobs in those areas that have a poor record of retaining teachers. Because of the high turnover in the profession, schools in England need to recruit about 30,000 new teachers every year to stand still. Malcolm Trobe, acting general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, said: “There are severe teacher shortages in schools across the country, particularly in maths and science.Schools have to rely upon supply staff and non-specialists to teach many classes.” He urged the government to address the issue urgently and make teaching a more attractive career option. Liberal Democrat education spokesman John Pugh said the recruitment crisis was of the government’s making. ”Half baked schemes to desperately lure people into teaching do not and cannot compensate for the demoralisation of existing staff.”