In today’s talking points: A service to help state schools build valuable alumni networks; The great cost of dropping out; Braille test papers to be introduced for College English Test (CET-4); As Start-Up success stories continue to inspire grads to create their own businesses, what advice can seasoned entrepreneurs offer?
A service to help state schools build valuable alumni networks
Alumni networks have always been restricted to private schools and universities, resulting for connections that result to better opportunities for students as well as the potential of millions of extra dollars for public schools.
However, there is now a new service, which is the first of its kind in Australia, which would change this. This new program is called Ourschool and funded by the Education Department and philanthropists. A two-year pilot has been launched, which would involve experts of alumni networks to spend one day a week in eight Victorian state schools. Their main goal is to allow for state school alumni to easily donate to their old schools through tax-deductible building, library and scholarship funds.
The success to funding will ultimately lead to the expansion of it and schools can take part in workshops to help develop alumni networks if they miss out on the pilot.
Read more at SMH
The great cost of dropping out
Young Australians are resulting for taxpayers to an amount of $18.8 billion by increasing crime, clogging health services, relying on welfare and reducing tax revenue.
A report has shown that this is often the consequence of one in eight Australians are unemployed in the long-term. The greater cost of this is social costs, such as lost earnings and personal medical costs and is estimated at $50.5 billion across this group.
A large connection between dropping out of school and criminality is also prevalent. Furthermore, Australians without qualifications were more likely to live in families dependent on government income support.
Read more at SMH
Braille test papers to be introduced for College English Test (CET-4)
After a recent lawsuit brought attention to lack of availability of suitable test papers for visually impaired students, China’s Ministry of Education (MOE) has announced that braille test papers will be available for the College English Test Band 4 (CET-4) that’s taking place next month. The decision comes in the aftermath of a lawsuit from a senior year student at Changchun university in Northeast China’s Jilin province and follows on from law revisions in 2008, which stipulated that national exams should provide Braille test papers, electronic test papers and professional aids to people who are visually impaired.
Read more at China Daily
As Start-Up success stories continue to inspire grads to create their own businesses, what advice can seasoned entrepreneurs offer?
At a time when the role models of Mark Zuckerberg, Chris Johnson and Tim Keck are inspiring numerous followers, the Business News Daily gives 10 tips for entrepreneurial grads to take with them on their journey upon the ‘path less traveled’. The list of 10 includes practical notes to give due attention to cultivating technological know-hows and figuring out the finances, since its clear that while following your passion, finding the right mentors, building a comprehensive network, and honing your communication skills are all vital ingredients in the recipe for success, nevertheless its difficult to get off the ground without first establishing strong business foundations.
Read more at Business News Daily