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The Union of Tunisian University Teachers and Researchers has staged a sit-in to protest the freezing of wages of striking teachers

The Union of Tunisian University Teachers and Researchers (IJABA) has staged a sit-in in front of the Ministry of the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research to protest the freezing of wages of striking teachers. Najmeddine Jaouida, General Coordinator of the union, called on MEPs not to adopt a bill which would promote investment in the private education sector. He felt that this law would provide for a definitive break with the public university and lead the way to an anarchic privatization of universities.

Source: La Presse de Tunisie

Private schools fail to upload balance sheet on websites

Chandigarh private schools “continue to flout the norms of the Punjab Regulation of Fee of Unaided Educational Institution Act, 2016, by not disclosing ‘obligatory information’ on their official websites, the Education Department remains a mute spectator to violations.” Chandigarh Parents’ Association president Nitin Goyal said “profiteering is clearly barred by the Supreme Court in all educational institutions. It has been stated that education is not a business, but an occupation. Due to this, the Chandigarh Administration allotted plots only to charitable trusts for opening schools.”

Source: Tribuneindia News Service

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Democratising Knowledge: a report on the scholarly publisher, Elsevier

Democratising Knowledge: a report on the scholarly publisher, Elsevier, aims to provide the foundations for a critical study into Elsevier’s business model and practices. The study also aims at contributing to developing policy objectives relating to open public access to research and educational materials, academic freedom, researcher autonomy, and the scholarly communication system. This research will form a key part of Education International’s Global Response campaign on the commercialisation and marketisation in and of education aimed specifically at the further and higher education and research sector.

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NCC PSI Ghana supports Teachers Unions of Ghana Partnership schools

The National Coordinating Council (NCC) of Public Services International (PSI) in Ghana has issued a press release in support of the position of teachers unions of Ghana Partnership schools and on the occasion of International Women's Day. The NCC "notes with dismay the current trend of privatization of basic needs of communities especially the recent moves by government to privatize public basic education in some communities, through the Ghana Partnership Schools. This in the view of the NCC, would disadvantage many Ghanaian children and more especially girls". The NCC calls for "the immediate halt to all processes to put these basic schools in the hands of private operators".

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What do we really know about Bridge International Academies?

Education International’s African leaders have released a statement today calling on their Heads of States to reject privatisation and to invest in quality public education for all. The statement warns against foreign multinational corporations who are seeking market opportunities and are targeting major African cities. These companies are attacking and undermining public education across the continent according to EI. The special attention was paid to Bridge International Academies which is emblematic of what is wrong with privatisation. The presented research paper "What do we really know about Bridge International Academies?" reviews seven studies conducted in local communities where it operates (in Liberia, Nigeria, Kenya and Uganda).

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