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  • World Teacher’s day: Gov’t urged to improve teachers’ productivity

    BOTSWANA, 2017/10/16 Cameroonian teachers nationwide have exhorted the Cameroonian government to empower teachers with the requisite tools to be able to deliver their best in the present fast-paced world. While commemorating the 23rd edition of world teacher’s day today, the teachers noted that the theme for this year’s celebration, “Teaching in Freedom, Empowering Teachers,” reaffirms that peace and security are needed for the development of any country.
  • Ugandan Govt Starts Verifying International Academy Teachers

    UGANDA, 2017/08/26 Next nearly a year of bickering with the government of Uganda, the American-founded Bridge International Academies appears to have reached a settlement with the government. Last year saw suits and countersuits as both sides accused each other of over-reach. The Education ministry is in the process of vetting teachers in the Bridge International Academies (BIA) before deciding whether to license the schools.
  • Public university lecturers begin strike in Kenya

    KENYA, 2017/07/29 Lecturers at government universities in Kenya have gone on strike in turmoil at the way in which a pay rise agreement signed in March was being implemented. They say the government had agreed to release 10 billion shillings before the end of June under the agreement but so far had only released 4.7 billion shillings.
  • UN Chief Underscores Need To Invest In Africa’s Youth

    BOTSWANA, 2017/07/09 The Group of Seven (G7) leaders has in its ‘Taormina Communiqué‘ underscored that “Africa’s security, stability and sustainable development are high priorities”. But it has from presently on to respond to UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ specific call for the need to invest in young people, with stronger investment in technology and relevant education and capacity building in Africa. The two-day G7 summit in Italy, in which the leaders of six other industrial nations – Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Japan and the U.S. as well took part, concluded on May 27 in Taormina, a hilltop town on the east coast of Sicily, Italy. Speaking at a session on reinforcing the partnership between the G7 and Africa, the UN Secretary-General noted on the concluding day that the international community has a role in helping the continent adapt as it heads for a new wave of industrialization.
  • Study of mathematics on the decline in Africa – Prof Allotey

    BOTSWANA, 2017/06/15 Despite the increasing importance of mathematics to economic and societal evolution, the study of the subject in Africa is declining, Professor Francis Kofi Ampenyin Allotey, African Institute for Mathematical Sciences, Ghana (AIMS-Ghana) has said. He said several reasons had been attributed to the poor national of affairs in mathematics in Africa such as: “Inadequate student number, particularly females due to poor teaching of mathematics in primary, junior and senior high schools, lack of motivation and incentives and poor employment prospects in mathematics in a lot of sections of the economy other than teaching”.
  • Seychelles promotes eco-culture tourism in Kutai Kartanegara, Indonesia

    INDONESIA, 2017/05/29 Seychelles recently organized the visit of 15 youths and students from 8 nations to Kutai Kartanegara in East Kalimantan as part of its effort to help promote compassionate destinations of eco-culture in Indonesia. Seychelles Appropriate Envoy for ASEAN, Mr. Nico Barito, said the youth and students came from France, the Netherlands, Japan, Liberia, Madagascar, Belgium, Dominican Republic, and Italy.
  • Rwanda: Results of 1000 Candidates Withheld Over Malpractices

    RWANDA, 2017/01/13 The Ministry of Education has withheld results of 1,079 candidates who sat Primary Leaving and Ordinary Level exams in 2016 over various malpractices, officials from Rwanda Education Board said. Speaking next releasing the results, yesterday, Emmanuel Muvunyi, the director-general of examinations at Rwanda Education Board, said the malpractices occurred during the exams period and during marking.
  • New education system to lay emphasis on continuous assessment

    KENYA, 2016/12/30 A proposed curriculum to be unveiled next year at a conference stresses continuous assessment tests over summative evaluation. While releasing the 2016 KCSE examination results on Thursday, Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i said the changes would focus on continuous evaluation. “This will require reforming of teacher training framework, a retraining of critical actors in the evaluation chain and a relook at the spectrum of assessment,” the minister said.
  • Higher earning Why a university degree is worth more in some countries than others

    AFGHANISTAN, 2016/12/11 A university education may expand your mind. It will as well fatten your wallet. Data from the OECD, a club of rich nations, show that graduates can expect far better lifetime earnings than those without a degree. The size of this premium varies. It is greatest in Ireland, which has a high GDP per chief and rising inequality. Since 2000 the unemployment rate for under-35s has swelled to 8% for those with degrees – but to additional than 20% for those without, and nearly 40% for secondary school drop-outs. The country’s wealth presently goes disproportionately to workers with letters next their names.
  • Pan African University Council Convenes in Second Ordinary Session

    BOTSWANA, 2016/11/11 The Pan African University Council has concluded its Second Ordinary Session at the AUC Headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The Council is the highest governing body of the PAU, an African Union flagship programme established to address quality, relevance and excellence in accordance with the Aspiration 1 of Schedule 2063. The conference deliberated on a inventory of significant policy questions bordering on the implementation of a full-fledged university structure and network, inclunding budgetary, financial and administrative issues.