Society - Education
  • Regional conference on HIV/AIDS curriculum for schools
    13 june 2003 12:13:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- The regional conference on education convening here Thursday debated extensively on how to reform the secondary education curriculum to integrate education contents and methods of HIV/AIDS awareness. Full text...

  • Gambian schools reopen after football tension subsides
    13 june 2003 10:32:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- Schools were in full session Friday in Gambia after the department of education ordered their resumption Thursday. Full text...

  • Seychelles posts enviable literacy rate
    12 june 2003 23:42:00
    Saint-Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- Seychelles boasts a literacy rate as high at 91 percent, according to findings in the latest national population census released Thursday. Full text...

  • Africa headed for shortfall in secondary school teachers
    11 june 2003 15:39:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Secondary education in Africa seems plagued by a number of problems, ranging from recruitment, retention and training of teachers, that could see a considerable shortfall of qualified instructors in the classrooms. Full text...

  • Ugandan pupils seek counselling on family matters
    10 june 2003 13:35:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Ugandan pupils Tuesday called for the introduction of counselling services in secondary schools to assist them cope with family problems. Full text...

  • Africa implores donors to fund secondary education
    09 june 2003 16:08:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- The first regional conference on Secondary Education in Africa (SEIA) opened here Monday with a plea for donors to finance secondary education in the continent. Full text...

  • UNESCO African commissions convene in Yaounde
    02 june 2003 21:34:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- The 10th conference of the national commissions of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) in Africa convened here Monday to set an agenda for the UN agency's programmes on the continent. Full text...

  • EU parliament to discuss foreign students' residency
    02 june 2003 18:59:00
    Brussels- Belgium (PANA) -- The European parliament convenes Tuesday in Strasbourg to discuss conditions for entry and residency in EU member states of third-country nationals for studies, vocational training and voluntary service. Full text...

  • IDA supports education in Niger
    31 may 2003 17:27:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- The International Development Association (IDA) is to grant Niger some 30. Full text...

  • UNESCO to assess Ivorian schools in rebel-held regions
    26 may 2003 12:37:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- A UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) mission is due in Cote d'Ivoire June to assess the academic environment in rebel-controlled areas, an official of the agency disclosed Monday. Full text...

  • Zambia publishes findings of education survey
    20 may 2003 17:25:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The Zambian government Tuesday published findings of a 2002 Demographic Education Survey (ZDES) designed to provide information on education among children aged 6-14, with focus on factors influencing household decisions about children's schooling. Full text...

  • Ivorian students demonstrate in Bouake
    17 may 2003 19:38:00
    Bouake- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- At least a thousand high school and university students took to the streets of Bouake on Friday to protest against the invalidation of the academic year in rebel-held areas in Cote d'Ivoire. Full text...

  • Experts, unionists discuss Kenya's education problems
    13 may 2003 20:02:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Officials of the Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) and the teacher's employment agency, the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) began meeting Tuesday in Mombasa to discuss problems besetting the teaching profession in the country. Full text...

  • School drop out level increases in Algeria
    12 may 2003 17:44:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- Some 420,000 Algerian students or 71 percent of primary school products could not get into the country's secondary school system in 2002, the National Economic and Social Council (CNES) said in its latest report. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso explores use of mother tongue in schools
    09 may 2003 08:16:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- Burkinabe education experts and researchers are currently meeting here to discuss the use of both French and local languages with a view to ensuring effective teaching in schools. Full text...

  • No EFA goals for 28 countries, says UNESCO report
    02 may 2003 23:40:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- At least 28 countries, mostly in sub-Saharan Africa, would not achieve any of the six goals of Education for All (EFA) set at the World Education Forum held in 2000 in Dakar in Senegal, according to a UN Educational, Social and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) report. Full text...

  • Rabat hosts fundraising forum for African Virtual University
    29 april 2003 23:01:00
    Marrakesh- Morocco (PANA) -- An international fundraising conference for the African Virtual University (AVU) opened Monday in Marrakesh, 320 km south of Rabat. Full text...

  • French govt to finance basic education in Niger
    29 april 2003 22:56:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- Niger and the French Development Agency (AFD) on Tuesday signed in Niamey a seven billion CFA franc (11. Full text...

  • UNESCO expert faults EFA financing in Africa
    23 april 2003 13:38:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- UNESCO programme officer Ibrahima Sidibe has taken issue with the worldwide Education for All (EFA) initiative, charging that it was unrealistic to expect African countries to meet the scheme's 2015 deadline "without adequate financing from the rich countries". Full text...

  • Rwanda elected chair of regional higher education council
    22 april 2003 16:46:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- The 20th ministerial session of the African and Malagasy Council for Higher Education (CAMES) has ended here with the election of Rwanda to chair the council for the next two years, organisers said Tuesday. Full text...

  • Experts lay the ground for 20th CAMES meeting
    14 april 2003 23:43:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- Experts from 16 member countries of the African and Malagasy Higher Education Council (CAMES) met here Monday ahead of the 20th ministerial session of the council coming up Thursday in the Rwandan capital. Full text...

  • Malawi introduces computer lessons in secondary schools
    11 april 2003 13:22:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- The British Council in collaboration with SchoolNet Malawi Trust has launched a special information communication and technology project which will introduce computer lessons in the country's schools. Full text...

  • Japan props learning centre in Mauritius
    08 april 2003 23:41:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Japan's financing of an educational centre in Barkly City, Central Mauritius, has satisfied a "burning desire" for education among the youths, an official said Tuesday at the launch of the centre. Full text...

  • University of Liberia students perform poorly
    06 april 2003 17:12:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- Due to poor academic performance, thousands of University of Liberia students have reportedly been placed on probation. Full text...

  • Kenyan govt releases US$564 million for free education
    04 april 2003 19:11:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya's education ministry has announced the release of US$564. Full text...

  • Mathematics whizz kids prepare for international olympiad
    04 april 2003 14:32:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Ten of the best high school mathematics pupils from around South Africa convened at the University of Cape Town on Friday for the annual Mathematics Olympiad camp. Full text...

  • Reunion, South Africa envisage students exchange programme
    28 march 2003 10:46:00
    Saint-Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- A partnership agreement is in the pipeline for an exchange programme between South African and Reunion students, officials said here Thursday. Full text...

  • Sweden suspends funding to Mondlane University
    27 march 2003 10:23:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA), suspecting poor management, has suspended funding to the Eduardo Mondlane University (UEM) in Maputo pending an audit of the institution's accounts, sources indicated Wednesday. Full text...

  • South African province on campaign to encourage reading
    11 march 2003 12:42:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's Western Cape library service on Tuesday announced a campaign to encourage reading in the province. Full text...

  • Kenyans abroad support government's Free Education plan
    10 march 2003 17:34:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A special account has been opened at the Kenyan Central Bank for funds to be contributed by Kenyans overseas in support of the Nairobi government's Free Primary Education programme, Education Minister George Saitoti said Monday. Full text...

  • UNESCO urges Africans to finalise EFA plans in 2003
    08 march 2003 13:05:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- UNESCO Director General Koichiro Matsuura on Friday in Ouagadougou appealed to all African countries to finalise their national plans of Education for All (EFA) this year. Full text...

  • International meet discusses girls' education in Ouagadougou
    07 march 2003 22:27:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- Fifty experts in gender issues, education and development from several African countries, institutions, women's associations and NGOs are meeting in an international symposium on the issue of girls' education in Ouagadougou, the Burkinabe capital. Full text...

  • Islamic Bank to build more schools in Sudan
    07 march 2003 15:11:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- The Saudi Arabia-based Islamic Development Bank (IDB) has agreed to build 22 schools costing US$4. Full text...

  • Kenyan University shut over students' protest
    05 march 2003 16:38:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Authorities Wednesday closed down Kenya's Kenyatta University following a two-day rampage by students demanding the resignation of the Vice-chancellor George Eshiwani. Full text...

  • Benin ponders 10-year Education development plan
    03 march 2003 21:35:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Benin is considering a 10-year education development plan to address concerns in the three spheres of education in the country, official said. Full text...

  • 150 students from Guinea-Bissau stranded in Russia
    03 march 2003 09:17:00
    Bissau- Guinea-Bissau (PANA) -- Authorities in Guinea-Bissau have asked the Russian government for additional time to remit stipends and tuition fees for their 150 students facing repatriation from Moscow, an education ministry source said here. Full text...

  • Rwanda seeks Kenya's experience in education sector
    10 february 2003 18:34:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Shortage of qualified teachers, low enrolment of pupils in schools and lack of resources are besetting efforts to revive the education sector in Rwanda, the country's Minister of Education and Scientific Research, Romain Murenzi said here Monday. Full text...

  • Twenty seven-year old Kenyan joins primary school
    18 january 2003 12:59:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A 27 year-old man has joined a primary school in Kenya's Nyanza province as many drop-outs rush to benefit from free and compulsory basic education introduced by President Mwai Kibaki's new government. Full text...

  • Norway doubles education assistance to developing countries
    17 january 2003 11:35:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- Norway is to increase by six percent its education support for African and South Asian countries under a new scheme, a Norwegian official has announced in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Full text...

  • New academic year off to a smooth start in South Africa
    15 january 2003 15:26:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Education Minister Kader Asmal on Wednesday expressed satisfaction at the smooth re-opening of South Africa's schools earlier in the day, saying such orderly conduct fared well for effective teaching and learning. Full text...

  • Swazi parents angry with teachers for poor results
    13 january 2003 10:03:00
    Mbabane- Swaziland (PANA) -- Most Swazi parents of students who sat for last year's Junior Certificate Examinations (JCE) have called for the transfers of all the principals of schools that produced poor results. Full text...

  • Kenyan house workers rush for free education
    12 january 2003 16:43:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Several school-age house workers in Kenya have abandoned their menial jobs for classrooms to take advantage of the free primary education system introduced by President Mwai Kibaki's government. Full text...

  • Free primary education first test for Kibaki
    07 january 2003 20:27:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- When the then opposition National Rainbow Coalition (NARC) stomped the countryside looking for votes, a key plank in its campaign was the promise of a free and compulsory primary school education for all children inb the country. Full text...

  • High turn out at Kenyan free primary schools
    06 january 2003 16:25:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Positions in Kenyan public primary schools were Monday oversubscribed after pupils turned out in large numbers in response to the new government's directive offering toll-free education at that level. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone gets $41 million ADB education loan
    05 january 2003 18:27:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- Sierra Leone and the African Development Bank (ADB) have signed a 41 million-US-dollar loan agreement for the construction of more Primary and Secondary Schools in parts of the country, Education Minister Alpha Wurie said. Full text...

  • Kenya govt introduces free primary education
    03 january 2003 14:40:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- In keeping with his election promise, President Mwai Kibaki of Kenya has scrapped the payment of fees in public primary schools, making primary education not only free but also compulsory across the east African country. Full text...

  • More Cameroonian girls enrol in Primary schools
    03 january 2003 11:32:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Primary School enrolment among girls has outstripped that of boys in Cameroon over the past five years, according to a report by the Board of Statistics. Full text...

  • Burkinabe Education Minister urges dialogue
    03 january 2003 08:22:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- Burkinabe Minister for Secondary, Higher Education and Scientific Research, Laya Sawadogo, has said that dialogue and consultation would be employed to save the troubled 2002-2003 academic year in the country. Full text...

  • Mali plans 1,700 classrooms in 2003
    02 january 2003 14:02:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- The Malian government plans to build 1,783 new classrooms and rehabilitate 500 others in various regions of the country in 2003, the Education Ministry announced in Bamako Thursday. Full text...

  • Nigerian University teachers on strike
    30 december 2002 13:08:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigerian university teachers are on an indefinite strike to protest poor funding of the country's educational sector and government's alleged failure to implement an agreement it reached earlier this year with the teachers' umbrella group. Full text...

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