A street trader looks out from his store in Cape Town, South Africa. Defining people who earn US$2 a day as middle class doesn’t make sense.
Some economists have touted the rising middle class as a panacea for Africa's challenges. But a more realistic diagnosis of what makes up a middle class is needed.
‘Labor leader Bill Shorten was wrong to claim an immediate GDP boost from his party’s education policy.’
Both parties are proposing to spend more on education, yet there is no guarantee that either will lift outcomes substantially.
Australia is above the OECD average for some taxes, below average for others.
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Australian Council of Social Service chief Cassandra Goldie told Q&A that Australia is among the lowest-taxing countries in the OECD. Is that accurate?
Q&A panellists discuss equity and education on Monday, April 18, 2016.
Writer and social commentator Jane Caro told Q&A that Australia has one of the most unequal education systems in the OECD. Is that right?
Education standards in Australia are slipping.
International education tests reveal Australia has either stagnated or declined in many subject areas, including maths and science, while other countries have made big improvements. Why is this?
How do you do it then? British prime minister David Cameron visits a school in Singapore.
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Teenagers in Shanghai, Singapore and Hong Kong outperformed those in London, Madrid and Dubai.
Testing times: online exams produce different results to paper ones.
Some countries experienced big changes when the global test of 15-year-olds moved from paper to online.
Too many students are struggling to make the grade.
A new OECD report has put the spotlight on countries where teenagers struggle in maths, reading and science.
Australia’s chief scientist Professor Ian Chubb, at the National Press Club in Canberra, in 2013.
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After almost five years, Ian Chubb today ends his role Australia's Chief Scientist. He's seen some challenging times with changing leadership and ministers but he believes Australia is in a better place.
Graduation at Fudan University in Shanghai. Education is an important instrument in building China’s global status.
In China, education is more than a means to deliver high skilled labour. The country has constructed its education policy to demonstrate its ambition to become a global power.
A third of adults in the OECD now have a university degree.
Should the OECD education report inform policy on schools?
We should be cautious of implementing policies off the back of the OECD's annual education report, which makes vast comparisons between countries and leaves out crucial data.
The OECD has moved to limit coal finance, which will put pressure on coal producers worldwide.
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What does the OECD's decision to limit finance for coal power stations mean for coal producers such as Australia?
Right, what shall we do this year?
It brings together 20 of the world's most powerful leaders – but they achieve precious little.
The OECD is seeking to limit finance for coal power.
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Australia is reportedly blocking a deal to limit coal power finance in developing countries.
Exams aren’t testing 21st century skills.
To prepare teachers for the 21st century, we need to reform the way we assess children.
OECD Director of Tax Pascal Saint-Amans has been a strong advocate of global cooperation on tax avoidance.
Country-by-country reporting is the big achievement of the OECD's plan to help stop multinational tax avoidance.
The two-year BEPS project is just a band-aid for a deeply flawed system.
Best use of time?
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A new report from the OECD says pupils in countries that invest a lot in technology in the classroom, don't perform better in tests.
Greek students: worried about their future.
New research shows a rise in popularity of university majors in health care, law and those linked to jobs in the police and military.