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11th October 2013 at 01:00

Oxford deserves higher fees, vice-chancellor says

The University of Oxford should be allowed to charge more for tuition fees than other UK institutions to make up for a pound;7,000 per-student shortfall, its vice-chancellor has said. Professor Andrew Hamilton has called for universities to be granted the ability to set charges according to the quality of the education they offer, claiming that the cost of an Oxford education comes to more than pound;16,000 per undergraduate each year. Tuition fees were set at a maximum of pound;9,000 a year in England in 2012.

Nigerian schools forced to close by armed attacks

Children are being killed and thousands forced out of education across northern Nigeria because of armed attacks on schools, Amnesty International has warned in a report. At least 70 teachers and scores of students have been killed and many others wounded this year alone, it said. The report finds that some 50 schools have been burned or seriously damaged. More than 60 others have been forced to close. The Islamist group commonly known as Boko Haram has claimed responsibility for many, but not all, of the attacks.

Bus driver strike takes city by surprise

School bus drivers in Boston left thousands of students stranded at home and at bus stops across the US city this week after they staged a last- minute walkout on Tuesday, surprising parents, city officials and even their own union. The strike was triggered when the nationwide shutdown in the US meant that complaints lodged by the drivers with the National Labor Relations Board were not being heard.

School in headscarf row claims unfair treatment

A Muslim free school in England, which was threatened with closure by ministers earlier this week, has criticised the government over the way it has handled the affair, claiming it has been unfairly treated. Al-Madinah School in Derby, England, has been at the centre of a row over claims it forced female staff to wear headscarves and made female students sit at the back of classes separate from boys. Schools minister Lord Nash wrote to the school warning that it would be shut down unless it proved it had taken steps to avoid any discrimination towards female staff and students. But Al-Madinah said it had not been treated "comparably with other schools" and that it was seeking legal advice.

Donald Duck books may not fit the bill in Sweden

Officials in Sweden have warned schools that comic books featuring Donald Duck, which children's publisher Egmont is campaigning to distribute, should be regarded "only as a supplement" to their usual reading books. The country's schools inspectorate pointed out that Egmont was a commercial company that wanted to recruit readers, it was reported. The publisher, meanwhile, denied that the initiative had a commercial purpose. "We're not doing this to make money. We want to stimulate children's love of reading," it said.

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