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Prosecution on cards for Islam comments
Bregenz. Photo: Friedrich Böhringer/Wikimedia

An Austrian middle school teacher may be facing criminal prosecution for comments which insult Islam as a religion.

Holocaust re-education slated for prosecutors
Mauthausen survivor Arieh Bleier at Shaar Menashe Mental Health Center for Holocaust survivors in Pardes, Hanna, Israel, 20 November 2010. Photo: EPA/GILI YAARI

Budding Austrian judges and prosecutors will be required to take World War II history lessons, the justice ministry said on Friday, after a controversial ruling sparked outrage among Holocaust survivors.

Muslim preschools 'linked to Islamist groups'
Sebastian Kurz (centre). Photo: Ministry for Integration, Europe and Foreign Affairs

A study into Islamic kindergartens in Vienna suggests that Islamist groups such as the Muslim Brotherhood and its Turkish counterpart Milli Gorus have links to some of the capital's preschools.

Every second schoolchild in Vienna not a native speaker
A special class for refugee children in Vienna. Photo: ORF

The number of schoolchildren in Austria who don’t speak German as their first language is increasing - presenting challenges for schools.

'New to Vienna' classes for refugee children
A class with 12 different nationalities at the Amstetten business academy. Photo: HaK Amstetten

Schools in Vienna are setting up separate classes for refugee children, to help them learn German and European values and give them extra support for maths and literacy.

Hymn stirs controversy after Allah switch
The hymn which caused controversy.

An Austrian parent has complained after his daughter was given an altered version of a popular children's hymn in which the word 'God' was replaced with the word 'Allah'.

Austria’s vocational educational system has been rated highly in a new report comparing education in OECD countries but falls behind when it comes to education mobility, with only 21 percent of Austrians achieving a higher level of education than their parents.

Austria fails to make top tier for English skills
Photo: Meg/Flickr

Austria has narrowly missed out on making it into the top tier of countries scoring best for English proficiency levels, according to a new study by language training company Education First (EF).

New research from the University of Vienna shows that ravens can solve a task that requires both coordination and cooperation – an ability that so far only a handful of species like chimpanzees and elephants have been proven to master.

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.

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