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School holidays ‘bad for spelling and maths’

August 06, 2015

School holidays are a bad idea, at least when it comes to children's spelling and arithmetic in the short term, according to scientists in Austria.

Teacher kills rabbits in front of class
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Teacher kills rabbits in front of class

July 01, 2015

Outraged parents and students from Horn, Lower Austria have called for a secondary school teacher to be sacked after he killed two rabbits in front of his class as part of a biology lesson.

Running the length of the Vienna U-Bahn

June 09, 2015

Ultra-marathon runner and teacher Simon Horowitz will attempt to run the length of the entire Vienna metro system (U-Bahn) on Friday to raise awareness of the Teach for Austria project.

Nude photos teacher causes a row in Linz
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Nude photos teacher causes a row in Linz

May 11, 2015

A secondary school teacher from Linz, Upper Austria, who was sacked for posing nude photos of himself on the Internet has won an unfair dismissal case and is now working in a different school.

Burglars rip open and void sealed Latin exam

Burglars rip open and void sealed Latin exam

May 07, 2015

The final Latin exam for Matura students is having to be rewritten after some erudite thieves broke into a secondary school in Salzburg on Thursday night and opened an envelope containing the exam papers.

Students flag up 'mould and brown water'

April 17, 2015

Students at a boarding school in Oberwart, Burgenland have started a Facebook campaign to highlight the appalling conditions they have to live with - including brown water from the taps, mould on the walls, and free-hanging electrical cables.

Astrophysicists unveil Ceres riddles

April 13, 2015

First classified a planet, then an asteroid and then a "dwarf planet" with some traits of a moon -- the more scientists learn about Ceres, the weirder it becomes.

School 'enforces' German on its grounds

March 17, 2015

The headmistress of the Vienna Business School in Mödling, Lower Austria, has ruled that only German may be spoken on her school's premises, citing “cultural conflict with cleaning staff” as the reason behind her decision.

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Austria misses out in university rankings

March 12, 2015

Austria's universities have failed once again to make it into a ranking of the 100 most prestigious higher education institutions worldwide.

More non-native speakers in schools

March 10, 2015

The number of school pupils who are not native-German speakers has risen in Austria, despite falling student numbers.

Minister calls for fines for 'integration failure'

January 28, 2015

Austria’s Foreign and Integration Minister Sebastian Kurz (ÖVP) has called for migrant parents to be fined if they do not comply with school summons relating to their children - particularly in matters where children are being encouraged to integrate.

Islamic school closed for 'endangering children'

January 23, 2015

A private Islamic primary school in Vienna's Brigittenau district has been shut down as the city council believes its students’ welfare was endangered, the Kurier newspaper reports.

Early ancestor's hands were 'human'

January 22, 2015

The hand structure of early human ancestors who lived 3.2 million years ago suggests they had the ability to grasp and use tools, even if they hadn't invented them yet, anthropologists said Thursday.

Teen intent on suing Austria for bullying

January 19, 2015

A hearing has taken place into the case of a teenager from Vorarlberg who intends to sue the Austrian government for €21,000 because he was bullied at school and claims that his teachers failed to put a stop to it.

Saudi School threatened with closure

December 15, 2014

Vienna’s School Board has threatened a controversial private Saudi School with closure by the end of the 2014/2015 school year, after it failed to provide the names of its director and teachers.

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