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Pakistan: 94% of teachers lack English skills

Ninety-four per cent of Pakistan’s primary and middle school teachers lack the necessary English language skills needed for providing a quality education in English, due to what a report from the British Council’s Punjab Education and English Language Initiative (PEELI) calls a lack of "buy-in" to the government's policy to expand and improve English medium education.

NSW warns international students about OSA

New South Wales (NSW) is asking international students to avoid dealings with Overseas Student Association (OSA) – a subsidiary of the National Liaison Committee (NLC) – after ongoing complaints from universities and student bodies detailing how the group has been harassing students for visa and passport information.

Hotcourses on the market, but jury’s out on buyer

Hotcourses – the UK-based online publisher of global and national education opportunities – could be sold to a digital specialist investment buyer in a deal that will aim to double Hotcourses’ business over the next five years, co-founder and CEO Mike Elms has revealed to The PIE News. Any investment will fuel further expansion plans, with China a strategic focus.

India and Nigeria welcome UK axing £3k visa bond

India and Nigeria – two of the six so called "high risk" countries – have welcomed the UK government's plans to scrap the visa bond scheme that may have forced visitors to forfeit a £3,000 cash payment if they overstayed their short-term visa. The Home Office has told The PIE News that it has decided not to proceed with the controversial plan, which had caused concern overseas given that it would only have applied to certain nationalities.

UK: 1994 Group dissolves after 19 years

The 19-year old 1994 Group – currently formed of 11 active UK university members –has announced its decision to disband, citing that the need for the Group no longer exists. Today's statement from the board said "this was not an easy decision to make, but we feel sure it is the right one for the future."

New proofreading software promises better checks

Former international students in the UK have developed a new free proofreading software offering non-native English speakers a package deal including a dictionary, translation and vocabulary enrichment. They will begin to explore potential collaborations with overseas language schools or companies working in the education sector this month.

Turkey and BRICs gain in latest EF English Proficiency Index

Over 50% of the 60 countries studied have improved their English proficiency over the past six years with Scandinavian countries maintaining the lead and Asia overtaking Latin American and the Middle East. Turkey saw the largest improvement in language ability while Sweden has the highest English proficiency score and Iraq the lowest.