Moderate teachers’ union backs calls for industrial action over Government plan to force schools to become academies

Schools are being lined up ‘in preparation for wholesale privatisation,’ Mark Baker said PA A traditionally moderate teachers’ union has thrown its weight behind calls for industrial action over the Government’s plan to force all schools to become academies. The Association of Teachers and Lecturers voted unanimously in favour of urging its executive to consider action if the Government failed to listen to its opponents and withdraw the plan. The union’s move follows a decision by the National Union of Teachers over the Easter weekend to ballot its members on…

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South Africa’s president backs down from raising university tuition

President Jacob Zuma has reversed his decision to raise tuition fees in 2016 amid major student protests that have swept across the country in opposition to a proposed 11.5 percent hike.   Protests, which are being called the biggest since the end of apartheid, have taken South Africa by storm this week as students have made their voices loud and clear to oppose the government’s plan to raise university tuition fees by as much as 11.5 percent next year. Tensions at many demonstrations have boiled over as students clashed with…

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