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Vietnamese elementary schools launch Japanese language classes

The Japan Times

HANOI – Younger students in Vietnam are learning Japanese after language classes were introduced at five elementary schools in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City this month. The schools are now offering Japanese lessons from the third grade, and classes are expected to be rolled out at elementary schools elsewhere, too. The Vietnamese education system has five grades in elementary school, four grades in junior high school and three years in high school. Japanese language classes are already offered in junior high and high school. "I became interested in Japanese language after reading the'Inazuma Eleven' manga series," said one student at Chu Van An Elementary School in Hanoi, which kicked off its Japanese language class on Thursday.


3 School Systems Cancel Classes So Teachers Can Attend Rally

U.S. News

"I can't guarantee we'll be able to open all schools on May 16 with the staff needed to maintain student safety, so we've decided to make it an optional teacher workday," Wilcox said in a news release. He said teachers have a right to make their voices heard in Raleigh, and he'll try to ease the impact of the closure on working parents.


Twins in school: To separate or not to separate?

BBC News

Should twins be taught separately or kept together? Recent research says the decision on whether to separate twins should not be dictated by school policy but should be left to the families themselves. Here are the views of three mothers. "I went for our school because it was one-form entry and the twins could be kept together and there wouldn't be an issue," says Melissa. "I just thought starting school is a big enough change for them and not the time to separate children who've always been together. "I felt it would be too much of a wrench to go through that change because they'd always spent a lot of time together."


CBSE schools have introduced artificial intelligence as a subject in class IX: HRD Minister

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Artificial Intelligence (AI) has been introduced as a subject in classes VIII, IX and X from the session 2019 to 2020 in CBSE schools, said the Union Minister for Human Resource Development (HRD), Dr Ramesh Pokhriyal'Nishank' in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha on 5 December 2019. The initiative has been undertaken in schools affiliated with Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) in order to enhance the multidisciplinary approach in teaching-learning and to sensitize the new generation, according to a PIB release. While AI has been introduced as a subject for class IX students, a twelve hours'Inspire' module on artificial intelligence has also been announced, which schools can take up with the students of class VIII. The study material for teaching artificial intelligence in classes VIII and IX has already been provided to schools through the official CBSE website. CBSE has collaborated with several organizations such as Intel, IBM, Microsoft, Private Schools, and so on.


Minnesota Schools May Seek Reprieve for Cancelled Classes

U.S. News

The Twin Cities Pioneer Press reports that the Minnesota Department of Education and lobbying groups are seeking information about how the last two weeks of extreme cold and snow have affected class time totals. A number of districts could fall short of the state requirement for schools to be in session unless they schedule makeup days or add time to remaining days.