Society - Education
  • Africa needs five million teachers
    25 may 2002 15:36:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- African ambassadors accredited to UNESCO have appealed for the organisation's assistance to train five million teachers needed to fill up the current gap in the staffing of schools on the continent. Full text...

  • Commission identifies Kenya's low University enrolment
    24 may 2002 15:50:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya's Commission for Higher Education has blamed low university enrolment in the country on excess examinable subjects taken by students at the High School level. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe govt orders common school uniform
    24 may 2002 12:48:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- In a controversial move likely to raise passionate public resistance, the Zimbabwe government Friday ordered schools throughout the country to use one set of uniforms. Full text...

  • Conference Calls for Higher Status of African Teachers
    22 may 2002 20:40:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Delegates to an international conference on universal primary education in French-speaking African countries Wednesday called for the elevation of the status of teachers on the continent. Full text...

  • Nigerian academic says Africa can finance its Education
    21 may 2002 15:22:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- African countries are capable of financing the Education for All (EFA) programme through prudence and without external support, Nigerian education Professor, Pai Obanya said in Paris Tuesday. Full text...

  • 10 African countries attend EFA symposium in France
    21 may 2002 14:05:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- At least 10 African countries are taking part in the international symposium on basic education for all in French-speaking countries, which opened Monday in the French region of St Denis. Full text...

  • Experts discuss Education for All in Africa
    21 may 2002 13:49:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- A three-day international meeting on Education for All programme in French-speaking countries, especially in Africa, is underway at the University Paris VII, in Saint-Denis. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe govt dragged to court over dreadlocks
    19 may 2002 20:02:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- In a controversial case, two dreadlocked teachers in Harare, the Zimbabwean capital have taken the government to court over its ban of their hairstyle. Full text...

  • UNESCO expresses serious concern over education in Africa
    02 may 2002 17:03:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The head of the UNESCO regional Bureau for education in Africa (BREDA), Armoogum Parsuramen has expressed serious concern over the situation of education in Africa two years after the world forum on Education was held April 2000 in Dakar. Full text...

  • Closing Gaps to Achieve Education for All
    26 april 2002 22:00:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Governments have the responsibility of providing basic education for all, says a joint statement issued Friday by heads of five specialised agencies of the United Nations. Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire's Bouake University teachers on three-day strike
    26 april 2002 13:03:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Teachers of Ivorian Bouake University, some 290 km north of Abidjan, began a three-day strike Thursday to protest alleged beating of one of their colleagues by a student. Full text...

  • Nigeria to get digital book factory
    24 april 2002 16:28:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's federal government has awarded a contract for a digital book factory in the capital city of Abuja, to boost the country's Open and Distant Learning University Programme. Full text...

  • Burundi's war and poverty hinder progress in education
    23 april 2002 23:59:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Burundi has lost its gains in the field of education as a result of civil war and extreme poverty of the population, according to education officials in the country. Full text...

  • NGOs Kick Off EFA Campaign in Kenya
    22 april 2002 16:48:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A coalition of NGOs in Kenya on Monday launched a nationwide campaign aimed at making all Kenyans of schooling age access basic education as envisaged in the Education for All (EFA) initiative. Full text...

  • World Bank Reserves One Billion Dollars for Education in Africa
    11 april 2002 21:06:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- One billion dollars that the World Bank set aside for education projects in Africa has not been disbursed due to the weak creditworthiness of intended beneficiaries, an official of the Bank disclosed here Thursday. Full text...

  • UNESCO reports on challenges facing sub-Saharan Africa education
    10 april 2002 15:16:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The education challenges facing sub-Saharan African countries were the focus of a new UNESCO report which cited poverty, HIV/AIDS, civil conflicts and wars as being among the major hurdles facing governments in the region. Full text...

  • World Bank in move to accelerate access to education
    08 april 2002 21:43:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- The World Bank has initiated a programme to mobilise international support for speeding up efforts to achieve universal primary education for all children by 2015. Full text...

  • UN props Togo's Education-for-All bid
    05 april 2002 22:46:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- The UN has granted Togo 88,261 US dollars destined for the country's Education-for-All (EFA) programme, sources in Lome affirmed on Thursday. Full text...

  • Education must be NEPAD's pillar, says Nigerian minister
    04 april 2002 22:04:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Education must be the main pillar of the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD), Nigerian National Education Minister Abraham Babalola Borishade has said. Full text...

  • Zambia's cost sharing policy keeps many out of school
    04 april 2002 15:08:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- An average Zambian household spends on primary education nearly twice the amount provided through the public budget per pupil, according to a recent survey. Full text...

  • Commonwealth Institute plans MSc Programme on development
    04 april 2002 15:05:00
    London- UK (PANA) -- The Institute of Commonwealth Studies (ICS), University of London, has announced plans to introduce in October 2003, an MSc course in human development. Full text...

  • Trouble rocks Ivorian Universities
    03 april 2002 19:56:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Campus unrest, coupled with tensions between students and residents within the vicinity, has left the University of Cote d'Ivoire on the brink of a wasted academic year. Full text...

  • Teachers' strikes leave Cameroonian parents worried
    02 april 2002 19:47:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Numerous interruptions that have affected the current school year in Cameroon have prompted many parents to find other ways to save their children's education. Full text...

  • Pregnant Mauritian pupil denounces 'discrimination'
    02 april 2002 13:59:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- A 16-year-old pregnant pupil in Lalmatie village of eastern Mauritius intends to sue the Ministry of Education for "sexual discrimination" after she was barred from attending school. Full text...

  • Niamey University to be transformed into departments
    17 march 2002 16:32:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- The authorities at the Abdou Moumouni Djoffo University in Niamey have embarked on feasibility studies towards transforming the institution's faculties into units for training and research (UFR). Full text...

  • WFP to feed Guinean pupils for three years
    17 march 2002 14:19:00
    Conakry- Guinea (PANA) -- The World Food Programme (WFP) has introduced a scheme for the daily feeding of some 68,000 pupils, including 13,000 girls from 250 rural schools in Guinea, a WFP official said in Conakry. Full text...

  • Malawi posts "disastrous" examinations results
    14 march 2002 15:02:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Malawian students have performed poorly in the country's annual Malawi School Certificate of Education (MSCE) and Junior Certificate of Education (JCE) examinations, the results show. Full text...

  • OAU's Education Institute lacks funds
    13 march 2002 12:25:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- Ambassadors of member countries of the Pan-African Institute of Education and Development (PIED), have decided to meet the chairman of the Institute's Executive Committee, Antonio Baruti Dasilva Neto of Angola, in a bid to resolve the financial crisis facing the PIED. Full text...

  • President Buyoya pleads for private education
    11 march 2002 22:45:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Burundi's President Pierre Buyoya at the weekend officially launched the academic year at the privately-owned university of Mwaro with a call on investors to consider private higher education as one of their areas of interest. Full text...

  • French candidates urged to address foreign students' plight
    06 march 2002 11:40:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Two French university dons have appealed to presidential candidates to address the plight of foreign students in their respective campaign programmes. Full text...

  • Cameroonian auxiliary teachers in dilemma
    28 february 2002 10:24:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Some 1,700 Cameroonian auxiliary teachers are facing uncertainty over government's delay in the payment of their outstanding wages and their integration into the civil service, a PANA survey has revealed. Full text...

  • Slide in girls' exam performance worries Kenyan minister
    26 february 2002 12:35:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyan Education Minister Henry Kosgey has expressed concern over secondary school examinations results released late Monday which showed continued downward performance by girl-students. Full text...

  • African press urged to get involved in covering education
    21 february 2002 23:21:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The director of UNESCO's Regional Bureau for Education in Africa (BREDA), Armoogum Parsuramen, Thursday urged the African press to participate in the promotion of education in its daily coverage of events. Full text...

  • Man, 75 passes Primary School exams
    19 february 2002 17:08:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Cameroonian NGO, "SOS Dialogue," has awarded a 200,000-CFA-francs (more than 260 US dollars) prize to a 75-year-old man for passing the Primary School Leaving Certificate examinations, the State Television (CRTV) has reported. Full text...

  • Niger Students Union threatens general strike Monday
    17 february 2002 19:36:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- Niger students Union (USN), has threatened a national strike beginning Monday, to press for the release of two jailed students, among other demands. Full text...

  • Education Minister threatens to expel unruly pupils
    17 february 2002 17:34:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Mauritian Education Minister, Steven Obeegadoo, has threatened to expel pupils considered a bad influence on their colleagues, reliable sources said in Port-Louis at the week-end. Full text...

  • Government promotes private education in Burundi
    31 january 2002 17:52:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- The Burundian government plans to provide material and financial assistance to private schools in a move to promote education in the country Burundi, official sources said Thursday in Bujumbura. Full text...

  • Paris prefect orders mayor to enrol African children
    10 january 2002 14:40:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Paris prefect Jean Pierre Duport has ordered the mayor of District 15 in the French capital, Rene Galy-Dejean, to enrol about 30 African children in the district's schools. Full text...

  • First terms for primary, secondary schools start in Mauritius
    07 january 2002 20:04:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Some 18,000 children aged five and 15,000 youngsters aged 12 were admitted Monday to primary and secondary schools in Mauritius for a new school year which will end in October. Full text...

  • Minister says France supports education reform in Mauritius
    26 december 2001 22:19:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Visiting French Education Minister, Jack Lang, has met with Mauritian Prime Minister, Sir Anerood Jugnauth and pledged his country's support for the education reform in Mauritius, officials said in Port Louis Wednesday. Full text...

  • Upsurge of violence in Reunion schools
    24 december 2001 15:04:00
    Saint Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- A spate of violence has turned schools and colleges of Reunion into hotbeds of conflict between educators on the one hand and students and parents on the other hand. Full text...

  • Education minister briefs Mozambican parliament
    13 december 2001 20:59:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- There has been an increase this year of almost six percent in the number of first level primary schools (grade one to five) in Mozambique, according to Education Minister Alcido Nguenha. Full text...

  • World Banks releases $36 million to Burkina Faso
    05 december 2001 15:00:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- The World Bank is going to release 36 million US dollars to Burkina Faso for its 10-year education programme, official sources in Ouagadougou said. Full text...

  • Kenya Cancels Fees In Primary Schools
    02 december 2001 10:44:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyan President Daniel arap Moi has reversed the order by the education ministry requiring public primary school pupils to pay fees. Full text...

  • Chadian parliament votes to introduce bilingual education
    29 november 2001 18:00:00
    N'Djamena- Chad (PANA) -- Chad's National Assembly has adopted two controversial bills to improve the quality of bilingual education in the country, parliamentary sources in N'Djamena said Thursday. Full text...

  • South Africa's age limit for first graders put on hold
    27 november 2001 21:59:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- South African children will in 2002 be allowed to enrol for school from the age of six after the government relented to public pressure and court action. Full text...

  • Niger introduces high school examination reforms
    24 november 2001 19:02:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- Niger on Saturday announced changes in the university entrance examinations (Baccalaureate) after two years of hesitation due to complaints by students that the government intended to make them even harder. Full text...

  • US opens Study Centre at Nigerian University
    16 november 2001 20:23:00
    Ilishan- Nigeria (PANA) -- The American Embassy Friday commissioned an Independent Study Centre and donated reading materials to a private Nigerian University in Ilishan, about 80-km north of Lagos. Full text...

  • Burundi gets sixth private University
    12 november 2001 22:51:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Burundi's sixth private University has been set up in Mwaro, at the centre of the country, by a group of local associations for the development of the region. Full text...

  • Taylor canes unruly daughter
    09 november 2001 13:00:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- Liberian President Charles Taylor has publicly flogged his 13-year-old daughter suspended by her school for unruly behaviour, press reports said Friday. Full text...

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