Society - Education
  • French NGO advocates tax to finance education in Africa
    02 november 2002 18:28:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- An official of French NGO, Research and Technical Studies Group (GRET), has proposed the introduction of an international tax to finance education in Africa. Full text...

  • Tripoli Centre hosts meeting on education in North Africa
    27 october 2002 20:38:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- A meeting on higher education and development in North Africa opened Sunday at the Tripoli-based African Centre for Applied Research and Training in Social Development (CAFRADES). Full text...

  • Indian Ocean countries set up regional university
    20 october 2002 10:54:00
    Saint Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- African island nations in the Indian Ocean have started the groundwork for creation of a regional university that will offer degree courses in political science and international relations. Full text...

  • UNDP equips schools in Congo
    17 october 2002 17:16:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has disbursed 155 million francs CFA for the fabrication of 6,200 desks and chairs for destitute Congolese schools where pupils sit on the floor to write, Brazzaville sources said Thursday. Full text...

  • Uganda opens university in war-torn district
    15 october 2002 15:07:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- A government-run university has opened in northern Uganda's war-torn Gulu district, and the army says it will guarantee the security of students and staff. Full text...

  • Publishers, Educationists find Ugandans illiterate
    02 october 2002 21:14:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- A poor reading culture persists in many Ugandan schools in spite of the availability of material in bookshops and libraries, and teachers have blamed such apathy on the absence of motivation and role models. Full text...

  • Virtual university to offer Australian degrees to Africans
    02 october 2002 21:08:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- In a first for Africa and an Australian university, students based in different sub-Saharan African countries will study diploma and degree programmes in computer science from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) through the African Virtual University (AVU). Full text...

  • Nigeria donates books to boost education in Mauritania
    01 october 2002 17:12:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- Nigerian Ambassador to Mauritania, Mohammed Bala Sane, Tuesday donated books to Nouakchott's Tevragh-Zeina District, in support of the education campaign launched by Mauritanian President Maaouiya Ould Sid'Ahmed Taya. Full text...

  • Zambia loses 100 lecturers annually to "brain-drain"
    30 september 2002 16:55:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The University of Zambia, Lusaka (UNZA), has lost an average of 100 lecturers and researchers annually over the past three years, with many of them migrating to other Southern African countries for better service conditions, a union official said Monday. Full text...

  • Niger teachers demand salaries before opening schools
    27 september 2002 22:39:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- Schools in Niger, scheduled to start the new academic year Tuesday, will remain closed unless the government pays up teachers' salaries by 30 September, Niger Union of Teachers announced Friday. Full text...

  • Arsonists torch School as Kenyan teachers' strike bites
    27 september 2002 14:42:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The strike by Kenyan teachers over a pay dispute Friday took a new twist after suspected arsonists raided and torched a private school in the country's South Western region on allegations that its teaching staff were reluctant to join in the strike. Full text...

  • Call to overhaul Botswana's Education Ministry
    26 september 2002 23:00:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- Striking secondary school teachers in Botswana Thursday called for an overhaul of the Ministry of Education and threatened to march to the president's office next week to press for the sacking of its top officials. Full text...

  • Teachers' strike bites hard in Botswana
    26 september 2002 19:33:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- A three-day strike by more than 8,000 Botswana secondary school teachers entered the second day Thursday with indications that schools are feeling the pinch of the industrial action. Full text...

  • Mali to distribute 3.6 million books to pupils
    26 september 2002 16:10:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Mali will distribute 3,590,000 books throughout the country starting from 1 October when schools re-open, the education ministry said Thursday. Full text...

  • Zambian teachers abandon strike
    25 september 2002 18:11:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambian primary school teachers, who threatened a strike late last week have returned to work after government threatened to withhold their salaries and de-register their union. Full text...

  • Kenyan Teachers Strike Enters Third Day
    25 september 2002 14:20:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyan public school teachers entered the third day of their countrywide strike on Wednesday, largely ignoring pleas from Education minister, Henry Kosgey, for them to return to classes. Full text...

  • Government Pegs Varsity Admissions In Nigeria
    25 september 2002 13:04:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Nigerian government has directed the 37 Federal Universities in the country not to exceed the number of students they admitted last academic session, which means that most of the one million candidates seeking admission this year may have to wait or seek alternative enrolments. Full text...

  • Kenyan govt moves to avert teachers' strike
    18 september 2002 19:38:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyan labour minister Joseph Ngutu Wednesday pleaded with the country's teachers to exhaust all the conciliatory avenues before going on a strike which they have planned for Monday. Full text...

  • Ghana University workers on work to rule
    18 september 2002 16:45:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- A warning strike Wednesday by university workers in Ghana disrupted activities on several campuses. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso launches 10-year literacy campaign
    15 september 2002 18:06:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- Burkinabe Prime Minister Paramanga Ernest Yonli has officially launched a 10-year plan for basic education development (PDDEB) aimed at increasing the country's literacy rate from 42 percent to 70 percent by 2010. Full text...

  • Botswana/Namibia universities sign co-operation agreement
    13 september 2002 13:23:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- The University of Botswana (UB) and University of Namibia (UNAM) have signed a memorandum of understanding to establish long-term co-operation and collaboration on matters of education between them. Full text...

  • New academic session begins in Cameroon
    09 september 2002 17:40:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- An estimated four million Cameroonian pupils and students Monday began the 2002/2003 academic session under the theme: "Reasserting Cameroon's certificates. Full text...

  • Sudan suspends opening of new medicine faculties
    07 september 2002 17:51:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- The Sudanese Higher Education Ministry says it has stopped approving new faculties of medicine in the country's Universities, because the current students' intake is enough to meet the nation's demand for medical doctors. Full text...

  • UNESCO to close office in Guinea
    07 september 2002 10:07:00
    Conakry- Guinea (PANA) -- UNESCO will soon close its office in Conakry in compliance with a decision of the 30th session of the general conference of that UN body, sources said Friday in the Guinean capital. Full text...

  • Mauritian teachers threaten strike over pay
    05 september 2002 20:38:00
    Port-Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Mauritian primary school teachers are calling for a 22 percent salary increase in the wake of the new education projects launched by the education ministry, union sources said in Port Louis. Full text...

  • Fifty percent of foreign students in France are from Africa
    03 september 2002 23:14:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- A total of 81,624 students from across Africa, representing 50 percent of the total number of foreign students in France, were registered in the academic year 2001- 2002 in French universities and higher education institutions, an official source indicated Tuesday in Paris. Full text...

  • Poverty, hunger, HIV/AIDS threaten Malawi's free education
    29 august 2002 17:31:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Malawi's senior education officers have said that poverty, hunger and HIV/AIDS are posing great threats to the country's free primary school education programme. Full text...

  • Nigeria launches pilot scheme to popularise Maths
    22 august 2002 16:43:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's mathematical Centre is to begin a pilot project in eight secondary schools to popularise mathematics as a subject across the country, the Director of the Centre, Sam Ale, said in Abuja Wednesday. Full text...

  • Start of new school year may be delayed in Cameroon
    19 august 2002 22:39:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- The 2002/2003 school year, scheduled to start 9 September in Cameroon, is most likely to be postponed by the ministry of National Education, well-informed sources hinted Monday in Yaounde. Full text...

  • Four journalists win African Education Prize
    19 august 2002 21:36:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Four journalists from Nigeria, Benin, Uganda and Rwanda are to receive the African Education prize on journalism in Paris 9 September, sources close to the Association for the Development of Education in Africa (ADEA), said in the French capital Monday. Full text...

  • African Universities in limbo as students make exodus to West
    19 august 2002 20:14:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Africa's once famous universities, including Aggrey Achimota of Ghana, Ibadan of Nigeria, Makerere of Uganda and Fourah Bay College of Sierra Leone are today a shadow of their past glories. Full text...

  • Bottlenecks in the Burundian educational system
    17 august 2002 18:52:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Some 26,000 pupils in their final year in primary school, have passed in the 2002 national examinations that qualify entrance to secondary school in the country. Full text...

  • How young Cameroonians manage to finance their studies
    16 august 2002 14:20:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Hundreds of children have stormed the streets of Yaounde, the Cameroonian capital, since the start of the school vacation, engaged in various petty trades in order to support efforts by their parents to pay for their education. Full text...

  • UN University to open outpost in Cameroon
    16 august 2002 13:55:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- The UN University will soon have an outpost in the University of Yaounde I, Cameroon specialised in data processing. Full text...

  • Egypt increases scholarships to Kenyan students
    14 august 2002 15:57:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The Egyptian government has increased the number of annual scholarships it offers to Kenyan students from 50 to 70, outgoing Egyptian envoy to Kenya, Refaat El-Ansary, said Wednesday in Nairobi. Full text...

  • A technical guide to fighting poverty recommended
    10 august 2002 13:38:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- The national co-ordinators of the UNESCO network of associated schools has recommended in Bamako the translation into French and several African languages of a technical guide titled "Feed people, fight famine". Full text...

  • KwaZulu-Natal cracks down on bogus qualifications
    08 august 2002 11:22:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- KwaZulu - Natal's education department has launched a crackdown on holders of bogus academic qualifications following a call by the South African Chamber of Business (Sacob) on the government to investigate the barrage of bogus qualifications flooding the job market. Full text...

  • Congo's school year opens 1 October
    06 august 2002 23:34:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Congo's 2002-2003 school year will open on 1 October, according to primary, secondary and higher education minister Pierre Nzila in Brazzaville. Full text...

  • Starving University of Zambia students protest
    06 august 2002 17:07:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Armed police in riot gear on Tuesday surrounded the University of Zambia campus after students blocked part of Lusaka's Great East road to protest against non payment of food allowances. Full text...

  • Ethiopia to benefit from World Bank's education initiative
    16 june 2002 09:10:00
    Addis Ababa Ethiopia (PANA) -- Ethiopia has been named among 23 countries to receive a 'fast-track status' under the World Bank's new 'Education for All' initiative, which aims to help developing countries reach the Millennium Development Goal of universal primary education by 2015. Full text...

  • Ethiopia to benefit from World Bank's education initiative
    15 june 2002 18:20:00
    Addis Ababa Ethiopia (PANA) -- Ethiopia has been named one of 23 countries to receive a "fast-track status" under the World Bank's new "Education For All" initiative, which aims to help developing countries reach the Millennium Development Goal of universal primary education by 2015. Full text...

  • Kenya adopts new education curriculum
    14 june 2002 13:54:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya has unveiled a new education curriculum with fewer subjects for primary and secondary school students with effect from next year. Full text...

  • African languages introduced in Zambian primary schools
    08 june 2002 18:55:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambian primary schools have since January started teaching in local languages in a bid to increase understanding of lessons among pupils and raise literacy levels. Full text...

  • Port Louis hosts African parliamentary forum on education
    06 june 2002 23:30:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- The second meeting of the African Parliamentarians' Forum for Education (FAPED) Thursday opened in Port Louis gathering delegates from Senegal, Morocco, Nigeria, Cameroon, Kenya, Cape- Verde Island, Sudan and Namibia. Full text...

  • World Bank earmarks 100 million dollars for education in Ethiopia
    05 june 2002 17:00:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The World Bank, sources indicate, has allocated 100 million US dollars to help Ethiopia's Education Sector Development Program (ESDP). Full text...

  • African Education Journalism Award winners named
    01 june 2002 14:17:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Rose Akakpo of Benin and Bukola Olatunji of Nigeria have been named winners of the African Education Journalism Award for 2002. Full text...

  • Danish envoy cites students' role in corruption fight
    31 may 2002 21:17:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The Danish ambassador to Kenya, Finn Thilsed, has said students can play an important role in fighting corruption by raising awareness on its ills and negative effects on Kenya's development. Full text...

  • Ghanaian newspaper cautions WAEC against leakage
    31 may 2002 17:51:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Ghana's State-owned Evening News Friday urged the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) to overhaul its operations to stem leakage. Full text...

  • Loans board releases funds for Kenya's higher education
    29 may 2002 19:17:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The Higher Education Loans Board in Kenya has released Ksh 0. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone's education in search of lost glory
    26 may 2002 20:10:00
    Bo- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- Long before the advent of the now ended civil war in Sierra Leone the country's educational system, which was among the finest in Africa, had seriously deteriorated as a result of corruption and neglect. Full text...

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