Afrique

21 juin 2018

University staff may strike over pay battle in court

A fresh round of university staff strikes loom in Kenya as unions plan to return to the courts over a pay increment row, with the Universities Academic Staff Union due to file a case at the Employment and Labour Relations Court demanding a fresh offer from the government, writes Augustine Oduor for the Sunday Standard. More...

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Universities must prepare needs-based budgets

Most Nigerian top-level managers, when they need to go for training, end up going to Harvard University or the London School of Economics, but training could be done in Nigeria – if a needs-based budget is adopted by universities, according to Professor Olufemi Bamiro, writes Modupe George for the Nigerian Tribune. More...

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South Africa wants to make history compulsory at school. But can it?

Screenshot-2018-5-7 Education – Views Research – The ConversationSouth Africa’s minister of Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga has released a report from a ministerial task team that recommends a major overhaul of the history curriculum at schools. Most of the debate around the report has focused on its main recommendation – to make history compulsory in the final three years of high school from 2023. More...

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Why funding alone can’t shake up Kenya’s school transition rate

Screenshot-2018-5-7 Education – Views Research – The ConversationTen years ago Kenya abolished tuition fees for children attending its secondary day schools. The aim was to get more children to transition into secondary school, particularly those from low income households. More...

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University writing groups provide an unexpected space for change

Screenshot-2018-5-7 Education – Views Research – The ConversationSuch transformation conversations, especially in African contexts, almost always include contested debates on curriculum. Notably, scholars have highlighted how the problem is not only what universities teach – that is, the curriculum – but also the way they teach it. More...

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A shock to the system: how new teachers in Zimbabwe learn to do their jobs

Screenshot-2018-5-7 Education – Views Research – The ConversationThere’s a big difference between what prospective teachers learn at university and what they find when they enter the world of work. Some scholars have called this a “reality shock”, and pointed out that it could “account for the frustration, anxiety and self-doubt many early career teachers are thought to experience”. More...

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Girls thrive with women teachers: a study in Francophone Africa

Screenshot-2018-5-7 Education – Views Research – The ConversationOver the past few decades most advanced countries have witnessed two striking reversals of the gender gap. First, teaching has become a profession dominated by women. This is particularly true at primary school level, where 84.5% of teachers across all countries classified as “developed” by UNESCO are women. More...

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18 juin 2018

African student flows – Challenging prevailing paradigms

By Chika Sehoole and Jenny J Lee. From 11-13 June 2018, researchers representing seven African countries and officials gathered to share their case country results based on a three-year research study on international mobility to the African continent. More...

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NEPAD agency partners with UK universities to set up hub

By Kudzai Mashininga. The New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) agency and Durham University in the United Kingdom are to jointly set up an Africa Hub to help African countries and universities increase their research, it has been announced. More...

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Successful start to major internationalisation project

By Jan Petter Myklebust. The South Africa-Sweden University Forum or SASUF – a major internationalisation project aimed at strengthening education, research and innovation ties between the two countries – kicked off with a seminar hosted by the University of Pretoria in South Africa and some 30 satellite gatherings in 12 South African cities involving more than 1,000 local and 67 Swedish participants. More...

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