The Helsinki Times – Jutta Sarhimaa
“Next spring Kiasma will host a 15-metre-tall classroom.There, Finns will be taught the ABC’s of disobedience. The aim is to fill desks with children and young adults, but adults are also welcome.Teachers include, among others, last autumn’s tax gimmick opposers Riku Rantala and Tuomas “Tunna” Milonoff from Docyenture, rapper Karri “Paleface” Miettinen and Marjaana Toiviainen, a priest from Kallio who has given the homeless a home in her own.”(more)
HK Edition- oseph Li in Hong Kong
“The recurrent government expenditure for kindergarten education will rise from HK$4.1 billion to HK$6.7 billion, after Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying pledged in the latest Policy Address to offer quality, free kindergarten education to children aged 3 to 6 from school year 2017-18 – with a view to lifting the overall quality of pre-school education.
The government hopes to deliver quality kindergarten education through a new curriculum, better teacher quality and improved governance of schools, following implementation of free education.
Subsidies to kindergartens will increase significantly, Education Bureau (EDB) sources said. For a long whole-day kindergarten with 90 students, the annual subsidy will increase from HK$2 million under the existing education voucher system to HK$4.9 million. For a whole-day kindergarten with 90 students, the annual subsidy will increase to HK$4 million from HK$2 million now. And for a half-day kindergarten with 200 students, the annual subsidy will rise to HK$6.6 million from the current HK$4.5 million.”(more)
News Corp Australia Network- KARA VICKERY
“PRIME Minister Malcolm Turnbull says now is not the time for a “political stoush” over education funding, in the wake of claims his government is backing away from Labor’s Gonski plan.Responding to a Fairfax report, Mr Turnbull said education funding post 2017 was “still a matter for discussion between the Federal Government and the states”.The report, based on an interview with the Education Minister, was also hosed down by Mr Birmingham in a statement released on Tuesday morning.“This is not a time for a political stoush about this,” Mr Turnbull said.”(more)