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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.
  • Tuition fees row: education expert warns over graduate earnings

    WORLD, 2017/09/16 Graduates do not get as good a return on their investment in English system as in other OECD nations, says Andreas Schleicher A leading world education expert has intervened in the row over student tuition fees in England, warning about price for money as earnings for graduates become additional volatile.
  • Cameroon: Giving Priority to Education

    CAMEROON, 2017/09/11 Schools opened their doors yesterday for the 2017-2018 academic year amidst fears of whether or not the expected smooth return to classes will be observed nationwide. If in the Far North and East Regions the reserve has been imposed by insecurity and refugee influx, the case in the North West and South West has been provoked by disturbances observed last academic year as a result of trade union claims on better academic performance that were transformed into political machinations, particularly by Cameroonians in search of greener pastures abroad. Their views have been woven into the current realities in the country boasted by the social media that has provided a golden platform for varied pieces of data, some intended to create fear and intimidation. Those who initially posed problems related to the content of the Anglo-Saxon sub-system of education in the country saw themselves relegated to the background.
  • Cameroon: English-speaking Students Do Not Return to School

    CAMEROON, 2017/09/11 Millions of school children have failed to show up for the start of the school year in Cameroon's English speaking regions, even next the government freed most of the jailed leaders of anglophone protests. A teacher at Ntamulung bilingual high school in Bamenda, Cameroon, is teaching 20 children who have shown up on day one of the school year. At least 70 were expected in the classroom.
  • Poor End of Year Results for Cameroon Students

    CAMEROON, 2017/08/26 Authorities blame this year's nose-dive on the socio-political climate in the English-speaking part of the country that saw a shutdown of schools, grounding two of the three yearly terms of studies. The Advanced Level scored 35.32 per-cent pass while Ordinary level made 25.29 percentages passed.
  • 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.
  • Africa's Richest Man Sets Sights on Launching Nigeria University

    NIGERIA, 2017/08/26 The President and Founder of Dangote Foundation, Aliko Dangote, has set aside N200 billion to establish a world-class university in Abuja. Former Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission, NUC, Julius Okojie, who is the chairman of the technical team for the establishment of the university, said the foundation intended to drive technology and research in stimulating economic increase. Okojie, who led his team to the current Executive Secretary of the commission, Abubakar Rasheed, said the proposed university was meant to be technology-driven and asked for the cooperation and support of the NUC towards the realisation of the goal.
  • Nigeria's Academic Union Set for Nationwide Indefinite Strike

    NIGERIA, 2017/08/18 The federal government, in a departure from the norm, wednesday admitted that its failure to fulfil its side of the bargain with the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) resulted in the strike action embarked upon by the lecturers of tertiary institutions on Sunday. Briefing newsmen in the National Home, next the Federal Executive Council (FEC) conference, the Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu said it was saddening that ASUU went on strike owing to the failure of the federal government to fulfil its side of the bargain with the union last year. Adamu, however, said the federal government was not happy over the way ASUU proceeded on strike, observing that it failed to follow due process by giving the government reasonable notice as the case should be.
  • 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.