Society - Education
  • 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...

  • Algeria's university dormitories are overcrowded
    06 november 2001 17:41:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- Algeria's university dormitories have a shortage of 54,550 beds, a university official responsible for student welfare has said. Full text...

  • Strike by Burundi University enters week three
    06 november 2001 09:32:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- The strike by the public University in Burundi has entered the third week despite calls by the authorities for resumption of classes. Full text...

  • Tanzania vows to resuscitate universal primary education
    01 november 2001 11:12:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- Tanzania has embarked on a five- year national programme beginning 2002 aimed at expanding and reversing the country's appalling educational standards, which hit rock bottom over a decade ago. Full text...

  • France to grant debt relief in support of Education for All
    30 october 2001 20:03:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- French Cooperation minister Charles Josselin Tuesday told a high level group meeting on Education for All that Paris would provide debt relief evaluated at 10 billion euros in favour of social sectors, notably education, for developing countries mostly in Africa. Full text...

  • Cape Verde minister announces big progress in literacy endeavour
    30 october 2001 18:23:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Cape Verde has made significant strides towards the elimination of illiteracy, Victor Manuel Barbosa Borges, minister of education, culture and sports, has announced to UNESCO in Paris. Full text...

  • UK secretary of state stresses financing for basic education
    30 october 2001 14:33:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- UK secretary of state for international cooperation Clare Short said Tuesday in Paris that despite the progress made in recent years, development agencies were still not giving basic education the resources it needed. Full text...

  • 27 African countries to miss education for all target
    30 october 2001 10:38:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Twenty-seven African countries might fail to achieve the objective of enrolling all their children in primary schools as envisaged under the global objective of providing education for all by the year 2015. Full text...

  • Improving education in Nairobi slums
    29 october 2001 23:51:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Community-based organisations (CBOs) in Nairobi's Kibera slums have launched a plan to increase access to education for all children of school-going age over a period of three years. Full text...

  • Universities sign cooperation agreements
    29 october 2001 14:25:00
    N'Djamena- Chad (PANA) -- The universities of N'gaoundere in Cameroon and N'Djamena in Chad have signed two agreements under which students with a grant from the Francophonie Academic Agency may register at either institution. Full text...

  • UNICEF supports girls' education in DR Congo
    26 october 2001 15:54:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- A UNICEF Committee has announced a grant of about 107,000 US dollars to support girls' education in DR Congo. Full text...

  • Govt. integrating 1,700 teachers into public schools
    23 october 2001 11:45:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- The Cameroon government is to integrate 1,700 teachers into the country's public school system this year, official sources said. Full text...

  • South Africa launches values in education initiative
    19 october 2001 14:25:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- South Africa has adopted a values-based education system to enable its youth to face the future in which tolerance, understanding and respect for human rights are key to global peace, the country's ambassador to France, Thuthukile Skweyiya, has told the ongoing UNESCO general conference here. Full text...

  • Mauritius Education meeting to focus on Dakar Framework
    18 october 2001 19:48:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- A meeting to evaluate progress on the realisation of the "Dakar Framework on Education for All" action programme is slated for 2-6 December 2002, in Mauritius. Full text...

  • Ministers discuss means to enhance education
    18 october 2001 15:37:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- In a move to reinforce education as a major priority for policy makers on the continent, education ministers of Africa on Wednesday debated a new proposal to launch a Forum for African Parliamentarians of Education. Full text...

  • First free university in Libya opens
    17 october 2001 15:33:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- The first free Libyan university, named Africa University opened this week in the presence of Libyan and resident foreign students. Full text...

  • Uganda commends UNESCO's reform process
    16 october 2001 16:39:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Uganda's Minister of Education and Sports, Khiddu Makubuya, Tuesday welcomed the decentralization of UNESCO's activities but encouraged the organization to ensure that the strategy helps build the capacity of local experts and national commissions. Full text...

  • Teaching mathematics in local languages
    12 october 2001 09:17:00
    Boundiali- Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Visit the Niene integrated centre in Kolia, an Ivorian village in Boundiali, 731 km north of Abidjan, and you would find in it a perculiar primary school in which Mathematics is taught in the local Malinke and Senoufo languages. Full text...

  • Sixth ADEA biennial winds up in Arusha
    11 october 2001 14:37:00
    Arusha- Tanzania (PANA) -- The Sixth Biennial of the Paris-based Association for the Development of Education in Africa (ADEA), wound up in Arusha, Tanzania, Thursday, after a week-long deliberations on the continent's pressing educational concerns. Full text...

  • Niger Islamic University gets female faculty
    09 october 2001 14:22:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- A female faculty has been opened at Niger's Say Islamic University, some 50-km west of the national capital, Niamey. Full text...

  • Burundi teachers deplore their plight
    05 october 2001 20:31:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Burundi's National Confederation of Teaching Staff (CONAPES) Friday decried the plight of the teaching profession as the world marks the 8th International Teachers' Day. Full text...

  • Mauritians celebrate Teachers' Day
    05 october 2001 19:53:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Mauritian President Cassam Uteem said Friday that teachers should be accorded due respect to complement reforms in the education sector. Full text...

  • Burkinabe schools begin new session
    01 october 2001 20:02:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- The 2001-2002 academic year started Monday throughout Burkina Faso. Full text...

  • Niger budgets 3 billion CFA francs for school supplies
    30 september 2001 20:11:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- Niger government has made available three billion CFA francs (about 4. Full text...

  • Angolan Varsity staff threaten strike
    28 september 2001 17:17:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- Lecturers and administrative staff of Angola's public Agostinho Neto University (UAN), are to begin a strike from Monday over a pay dispute, their Unions announced Friday. Full text...

  • Belgium offers 15 postgraduate grants
    26 september 2001 20:47:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- Belgium has offered 15 postgraduate bursaries to enable students from the Democratic Republic of Congo join Belgian universities. Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire introduces new reforms
    23 september 2001 17:03:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Ivorian authorities have introduced free primary school enrolment for new pupils and made it vocational to wear uniforms since the 2001-2002 school year started on 17 September. Full text...

  • Mozambique to axe some teachers over alleged corruption
    22 september 2001 16:51:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- An undisclosed number of Mozambican teachers may be sacked while some pupils are to be punished for cheating, Education Minister Alcido Nguenha said. Full text...

  • Regional education drive in need of funding
    20 september 2001 19:18:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- National coordinators of a regional action plan within the "Education for All" (EFA) project have acknowledged the need for funds to get the initiative off the ground. Full text...

  • Minister takes stock of education in Chad
    18 september 2001 23:43:00
    N'djamena- Chad (PANA) -- On the eve of the reopening for the new school year, Education minister Abderahim Bireme Hamit noted that enrolment in primary education in Chad last year stood at 919 599 pupils (including 342 134) with a teaching staff of 13,222. Full text...

  • Morocco registers 90 percent of pupils for primary education
    18 september 2001 20:53:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- Some 772,000 pupils, or more than 90 percent of children of primary school-going age, (six years) have been enrolled for the 2001-2002 academic year in Morocco, according to the National Education Ministry. Full text...

  • Co-ordinators assess African Education for All plans
    18 september 2001 11:05:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- About 40 'Education for All' co- ordinators from sub-Saharan African countries are meeting in Paris since Monday to assess the follow-up of recommendations adopted by the 1999 World Forum on Education, which was held in Dakar. Full text...

  • Mauritania postpones opening of school year
    17 september 2001 22:28:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- Following a clash with the country's election calendar, the opening of the new school year in Mauritania has been moved from 4 October to 4 November. Full text...

  • NGOs prop Senegal's education system
    14 september 2001 10:36:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- In its fight against illiteracy, Senegal benefits from the aid of some NGOs, most prominent among which are Plan International and "Aide et Action," now called "Ecoliers du Monde". Full text...

  • Kenya's literacy levels in downtrend
    08 september 2001 18:28:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Illiteracy levels in Kenya continue to increase despite efforts by the government and stakeholders, officials conceded in Nairobi, on the occasion of World Literacy Day observed earlier Friday. Full text...

  • Tanzania's population is becoming more illiterate
    07 september 2001 22:12:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- The state of illiteracy in Tanzania is alarming. Full text...

  • World Bank spending 1.5 billion dollars on education
    07 september 2001 19:47:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The World Bank is spending about 1. Full text...

  • Liberia moves against illiteracy
    07 september 2001 19:29:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- Liberia has developed "strategic policy documents" designed to reverse its high rate of illiteracy put at 70 percent, according to Education Minister Evelyn Kandakai. Full text...

  • 4 million children return to school mid-September
    06 september 2001 21:01:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- Figures from the ministry of National Education indicate that some 4 million pupils and students, about half of them in the rural areas, are on roll for the new school year scheduled to start on 13 September in Morocco. Full text...

  • Education Ministry closes 190 private schools in Congo
    05 september 2001 22:49:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Authorities in Congo Brazzaville have closed down 190 private primary and secondary schools in the country for "non-compliance with conditions governing their establishment". Full text...

  • UNESCO official calls for higher education reforms
    05 september 2001 22:45:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- In view of the crucial role of higher education in the overall development process in Africa, the UNESCO director in the division of higher education, Komlavi Francisco Seddoh, has called for reforms in the sector to enable it to veritably become the engine of the continent's economic development. Full text...

  • Nigerian Minister chairs 46th UNESCO Conference on Education
    05 september 2001 20:07:00
    Geneva- Switzerland (PANA) -- Nigerian Education Minister, Abraham Babalola Aborishade, was elected chairman of the 46th International Conference on Education (ICE), which opened in Geneva, Switzerland Wednesday. Full text...

  • International Conference on Education opens in Geneva
    05 september 2001 19:48:00
    Geneva- Switzerland (PANA) -- Some 180 national delegations, including 80 Education Ministers as well as representatives of UN agencies and NGOs, are taking part in the 46th International Education Conference, which opened in Geneva, Switzerland Wednesday. Full text...

  • Ghana's revised education programme rolling back on track
    05 september 2001 15:26:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- After a near disastrous start to a new education system in the middle 1990s, education officials in Ghana are beginning to heave a sigh of relief that it is rolling back on track. Full text...

  • Training programme for science subjects
    30 august 2001 11:50:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- Namibia has to be self-sufficient in the provision of mathematics and physical science teachers for local schools if the dependency on foreign teachers is to be reduced, a senior education official has said. Full text...

  • Unions threaten to disrupt coming academic year
    28 august 2001 22:35:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Five unions under the Cameroonian Federation of Educational Trade Unions have urged their members to boycott the beginning of the 2001-2002 academic year on 10 September. Full text...

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