Khon Kaen University (KKU) has terminated its employment contract with a well-known American scholar who has been in Thailand for more than 30 years, resulting in his visa being revoked immediately. Thai media reported on Friday that David Streckfuss, founder of Khon Kaen-based The Isaan Record and director of the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) Khon Kaen since 1994, had had his contract terminated on Feb 18. As a result, his visa was revoked on March 18 In a copy of the termination letter shown by Prachatai, the KKU Faculty of Public Health cited “inability to perform assigned duties” as the reason for ending his contract as project director before its Aug 15 renewal date. Shortly before receiving the notification, Mr Streckfuss had attended a meeting on Isan identity, where he and several activists participated in a talk on decentralisation. After the meeting, police reportedly came to the university to meet with its rector and deans. Mr Streckfuss … [Read more...] about American scholar in Khon Kaen loses job, visa revoked
The Maricopa County Community College District is paying a $155,000 settlement to Scottsdale Community College (SCC) professor Nicholas Damask, whose quiz questions about terrorism offended Muslims. In return, professor Damask has agreed not to pursue a lawsuit or other claims against district personnel, according to a report by the Phoenix New Times . The district has also pledged to strengthen its commitment to academic freedom. The predicament began last May, after one of Damask’s students, Mohamed Sabra, became offended over the professor’s quiz questions. One of the quiz questions read, “Who do terrorists strive to emulate?” The correct answer on the quiz was the founder of Islam, Muhammad. Another quiz question asked which verses of the Quran are used to encourage terrorism. The answer was the Medina verses. A third question asked when terrorism is justified in Islam, with the answer was in the context of jihad, according to a report by Just the News. In … [Read more...] about Arizona Community College District Pays $155K to Prof Attacked over Islamic Terrorism Quiz Questions
Kindly Share This Story: Describes Govt Defence as hollow By Johnbosco Agbakwuru The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics, ASUP, on Friday described as hollow the defense by the Federal on the recent appointments of five Rectors in the Federal Polytechnics. Consequently, ASUP vowed to use every legal means to ensure that the appointment of unqualified persons to head the Polytechnics would not stand. The union in a statement issued by its President, Comrade Anderson Ezeibe, also frowned at the postponement of the meeting with the Federal Government team on Thursday by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige to resolve all the contentious issues that led to the ongoing strike which has entered its 10th day. The statement, however, commended efforts of the Federal Government in addressing some of the concerns raised by the union like the appointment of Governing Councils and Visitation Panels in the Polytechnics. The … [Read more...] about Appointments of 5 ‘unqualified’ Poly Rectors: ASUP tackles FG again
SINGAPORE - As students of all levels returned to school this past week, it was announced that home-based learning (HBL) is here to stay. Education Minister Ong Ye Kung said recently that online learning is set to become routine, suggesting that HBL could be held once a fortnight, for starters. Amid the coronavirus pandemic , HBL was rolled out nationwide after schools shut in April. After the circuit breaker to stem the spread of Covid-19 ended on June 1, most students in primary and secondary schools alternated between being physically in school and HBL, on a weekly basis, for a month. Now that the weekly rotation is over, it is timely to assess what lessons were learnt from the big HBL experiment and its chief benefits that can also be reaped in the physical classroom. Educators interviewed by The Straits Times say virtual and classroom learning are two distinct beasts, but there are useful synergies between the two, which, when combined, could lead to students … [Read more...] about Home-based learning: What have we learnt from the great HBL experiment?
THE state government is planning to give away 1,500 laptops to needy students this year under its Penang E-Learning Computer Programme. Penang social development committee chairman Chong Eng, who is the programme’s chairman, said priority would be given to poor applicants who have performed well academically and those with single parents and multiple siblings. “A new batch of applications will be opened soon, ” she said during a press conference at Komtar. The programme, launched by the state government on May 21 last year, is to assist needy schoolchildren who do not have computers at home and therefore cannot take part in e-learning lessons. Under the used computer grant scheme, used computers will be collected and repaired before they are donated to eligible students. Chong Eng said the state government received about 1,000 applications last year before approval was given to 794 deserving students. She said the programme also saw 800 more laptops being loaned to students. … [Read more...] about Aiming to give more laptops to needy kids