World · August 4, 2022

China reacts to Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan, Sri Lanka in ‘great danger’, inquiry into NSW teacher shortage

Hello, it’s Akash Arora here with the SBS News morning briefing.

Nancy Pelosi accuses China of blocking Taiwan from world events

China reacted to US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan, with an explosion of military activity in Taiwan’s surrounding waters, summoning the US Ambassador to Beijing and stopping several agricultural imports from Taiwan. The news comes when Ms. Pelosi warned China that she cannot prevent world leaders from visiting Taiwan and . Unfortunately, Taiwan has been barred from attending global meetings, most recently the World Health Organization, due to objections from the Chinese Communist Party, “Pelosi said in a statement.” Although they may prevent Taiwan from sending its leaders at global forums, they cannot prevent world leaders or anyone else from traveling to Taiwan to pay tribute to its burgeoning democracy, to highlight its many achievements and to reaffirm our commitment to continued collaboration. “

Move to encourage more Ukrainian students to come to Australia

According to plans, Ukraine’s Ambassador to Australia Vasyl Myroshnychenko intends to negotiate with Education Minister Jason Clare. The suggestion aims to encourage more students from the war-torn nation to come to Australia to study. “There is a huge difference in tuition for domestic and international and for those who come here as refugees,” Myroshnychenko told SBS News. “Australia has some of the best universities in the world and we could definitely take advantage of that,” he said. His suggestion follows moves in countries such as the United Kingdom, where tertiary institutions have limited tuition fees for Ukrainian students to the level paid by domestic students, and Scotland, which has waived tuition fees for Ukrainian students since academic year starting from August.

Sri Lankan president says the country is in “great danger”

Sri Lanka is “facing an unprecedented situation”, with its population in “great danger”, the country’s new president Ranil Wickremesinghe said Wednesday. “Today we are faced with an unprecedented situation that our country has never faced in recent history … We are in great danger,” said the 73-year-old as he opened a new session of parliament. Wickremesinghe was elected to lead the country after his predecessor Gotabaya Rajapaksa resigned and fled Sri Lanka after months of protests and political unrest. Wickremesinghe said constitutional amendments were needed to curtail presidential powers, indicating he would fulfill a key demand from protesters who forced Rajapaksa to withdraw.

New NSW inquiry into teacher shortage

, weeks after thousands of public and Catholic school teachers quit their jobs and protested in Sydney CBD demanding better pay and conditions. NSW Independent Education Union of Australia Secretary Mark Northam and NSW Teachers Federation President Angelo Gavrielatos will appear ahead of the investigation Thursday. In a recent report from Monash University, more than half of the teachers surveyed described their workload as excessive and unsustainable, saying they intended to quit the profession. One of the researchers, Fiona Longmuir, will also be present at the investigation. “Teachers don’t mind working hard,” she said. “But they feel overwhelmed by the ever-increasing administration and standardization being imposed on them, which probably doesn’t benefit the students.”

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