The Australian Coalition government is unlikely to be able to resolve the deadlock over the higher education package with the move of cuts in funding and deregulation of fees stalled for by a year at least.
The New Education Minister
The newly appointed education minister Simon Birmingham conceded that start date for the new policies as 2016 January was not achievable. Birmingham also confessed that there is need for institutions and students alike to have certainty over the education path charted by the country and as such all future reforms and their legislation will not start till 2017 at the earliest.
He also announced at a summit for education at the prestigious University of Melbourne that the arrangements for funding of higher education will remain unchanged as of 2016 while the government makes further consultations on future reforms. He advised institutions for higher education and students to plan on the basis of current arrangements for 2016 as the financial intricacies will remain basically unchanged, duly indexed for inflation.
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Corbyn is among those rare leaders who actually practice what they preach. This is illustrated by the breakup with his wife over exclusivity in their child’s education, but in spite of the personal tragedy Corbyn stuck to its stance. And after all these years it appears that he will be the one who will have the last laugh.
His stance bears proof that it is not necessary to be exclusive or “elitist” in order to have merit. Most parents want the best for their children and the credibility of the name alone (of the school or university) stands as one of the foundations of our modern education. But a better option is expanding the spheres of quality education so that meritorious children even from lesser known educational institutions are given equal opportunity to excel in their chosen fields.
But Corbyn is no fool. He fully realizes that the elite who attend private schools (accounting for only
seven percent of all school going children in the UK) are the ones who dominate the decision making
positions in corporate, media and governmental organizations alike. They will do their best to maintain
their privilege and exclusivity but Corbyn is up to the fight.
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The stampede during Hajj that took place on Thursday morning near Mina two miles away from Mecca during a ritual which may be termed as “stoning the devil” claimed more than seven hundred lives while injuring close to 900 people in Saudi Arabia, according to reports. The footage of the incident is disturbing with piles of bodies, some of which are still moving. Workers are trying to rescue the few who may still be alive.
It is to be noted that in previous years the ceremony has claimed numerous other lives as well and comes in the wave of a crane collapse in the Grand Mosque in Mecca only thirteen days before. The incident is the most fatal in Mina since the incident that occurred there in 1990 which claimed more than 1,426 victims.
The exact figures are stated to be 717 dead and 863 injured but the numbers have seen a steady rise. More than four thousand workers have been deployed at the site in addition to 220 ambulances and supporting vehicles.During the ritual, the pilgrims throw stones at three pillars, an act in memory of the incident where Prophet Abraham rejected the temptations of the devil by stoning him.
The stampede occurred when there was a surge in the pilgrim crowd around 9 in the morning. The
reason behind the surge remained unclear.