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Kenya: Queries As Teachers Return to Dirty Schools

[Nation] Are teachers expected to clean and sanitise schools or will they stick to their core teaching duties? (AllAfrica)

Malawi: Stakeholders Present Concerns On Budgetary Allocations to Social Sectors

[Malawi News Agency] Lilongwe September 28, 2020; Stakeholders from various social sectors in Malawi Friday morning had an opportunity to interface with Members of Parliament and present their views on the 2020/2021 National Budget during a public hearing organized by Parliament of Malawi. (AllAfrica)

Kenya: Tough Visa Rules for Students Seeking to Study in U.S.

[Nation] President Donald Trump's government is planning to bar Kenyan students from pursuing degrees in the US through limiting their stay in the country. (AllAfrica)

South Africa: Thumbs Up for Northern Cape Education

[] Basic Education Deputy Minister Dr Reginah Mhaule has commended the Northern Cape Education Department for its commitment towards improving learning outcomes. (AllAfrica)

Africa: Password Education Should Be Age-Appropriate - Here's How

[The Conversation Africa] Children are increasingly being exposed to, and using, technology from a very young age. This has never been more true than in 2020 when the vast majority of children worldwide have used online resources to access educational resources and communicate with family and friends during the COVID-19 pandemic. (AllAfrica)

Africa: What Can Be Done to Better Support Women Pursuing Their Phds in Africa

[The Conversation Africa] A Doctor of Philosophy - commonly known as a PhD - is the highest level of academic training. It allows the degree holder to teach the chosen subject at university, conduct research or practise in the specialised area. (AllAfrica)

South Africa: Case Law Suggests South Africa Must Do More About Disrupted Schooling

[The Conversation Africa] Since the first case of COVID-19 was reported in South Africa, the question of how to manage the country's schools has been top of mind. Schools were closed in March and, as part of a phased approach, began returning from June. The risks associated with the pandemic mean the situation could change at any moment. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: The Nigerian University That Defies Boko Haram

[DW] The University of Maiduguri has stayed open at the epicenter of the Boko Haram insurgency. A new book gives voice to the Nigerian academics who faced off with the radical Islamists who reject Western education as sinful. (AllAfrica)

South Africa: UCT MOOCs in the Top 200 - Again

[UCT] Five University of Cape Town (UCT) massive open online courses (MOOCs) have been included on the 2020 Class Central Best Online Courses of All Time list, which ranks the top 200 online courses from across the globe. (AllAfrica)

South Africa: Covid-19 Has Posed the 'Wicked Problem' of How to Maintain Internationalisation in Higher Education

[Daily Maverick] International collaboration is a critical aspect of university research and of academic rankings, amplified by the urgency to develop responses to cross-cutting global challenges. Southern African universities must rethink their internationalisation strategies to remain globally competitive and succeed after Covid-19. Key will be interventions that do not require the physical mobility of staff and students. (AllAfrica)

Liberia: Monrovia Reads Nook Book Store Launched

[FrontPageAfrica] Monrovia -- Over the weekend, a new bookstore was launched by Monrovia READS, a reading literacy NGO. "The NOOK BOOK Store", according to the founder Mr. D. Othniel Forte, "attempts to fill a major gap in the provision of Liberian literature. There are several places to get books from, but nowhere, in this entire country, gathers only Liberian books. (AllAfrica)

Angola: Angola's State Secondary Schools Authorised to Charge Fees

[ANGOP] Luanda -- State-owned second cycle schools in Angola have been authorised to charge fees and emoluments in order to ensure the self-sustainability of these education institutions. (AllAfrica)

Zimbabwe: Worry Over Gaps in Adolescent Sexuality Education, Access to Contraceptives

[263Chat] The government has cited gaps in the adolescent sexuality education and access to contraceptives for the upsurge in teenage pregnancies. (AllAfrica)

Liberia: Bridge International Academies Assures Liberians of Quality Education

[New Republic] (L-R), Mr. Dahger, LEAP Coordinator, Deputy Education Minister Duopu, Officials of Bridge International Academies (AllAfrica)

Cameroon: E-Learning - Minimal Efforts Being Put in Place

[Cameroon Tribune] Despite limitations, school institutions are creating various platforms to facilitate learning out of the classroom. (AllAfrica)

Gambia: Banjul North Parliamentarian Urges Govt to Invest in Research

[Foroyaa] Banjul North law maker, Ousman Sillah, has urged President Adama Barrow-led Government to invest in research, especially on science and technology in a bid to be among game changers in the world. (AllAfrica)

Gambia: ACALAN Engages Health Authorities On Role of African Languages in Fight Against Covid-19

[Foroyaa] The African Academy of Languages (ACALAN) in partnership with the Centre for Linguistic and Historical Studies by Oral Tradition (CELHTO) recently engaged health authorities all over Africa on the 'Engagement of Traditional and Religious structures as a Risk Communication and Community Engagement (RCCE) Strategy in COVID-19 Response.' (AllAfrica)

Kenya: Release Funds for Schools to Prepare for Reopening Kuppet Says

[Nation] The Kenya Union of Post-Primary Teachers (Kuppet) has asked the government to release funds meant to prepare schools for safe reopening before next week (AllAfrica)

Uganda: Full Speech - Janet Museveni Outlines Way Forward for Schools


Nigeria: Q&A - How I Turned Brain Drain to Brain Gain

[SciDev.Net] Folakemi Odedina was told she would never finish her studies when she got married and became pregnant in her first year at graduate school. But, she overcame doubt and discrimination to become an internationally recognised specialist in prostate cancer research. (AllAfrica)

Africa: Africa's 'Ivory Tower' of Learning to Be Restored After Inferno

[DW] After a section of Makerere University in Uganda went up in flames on Sunday, administrators say the institute, one of the oldest and most prestigious in Africa, can be restored and that its digital records are intact. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: Domesticating, Enforcing Child Protection Policy in Schools

[This Day] Ugo Aliogo examines the role of trained teenage girl leaders in promoting the domestication of child protection policy in Lagos schools (AllAfrica)

Uganda: All Teachers to Be Tested for Covid Before Schools Reopen

[Monitor] The government is proposing to test all teachers for Covid-19 ahead of school reopening. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: Sexual Harassment - Why Ibadan Polytechnic Lecturer Was Sacked

[Premium Times] Mr Ajadi, a lecturer at the department of urban and regional planning, faculty of environmental studies, reportedly sexually harassed 31-year-old Modinat Balogun (AllAfrica)

Swaziland: Increase in Sexual Violence Against Children As Schools Closed By Covid-19

[Swazi Media] The closure of schools in Swaziland (eSwatini) because of the coronavirus pandemic has led to an increase in sexual and gender based violence against children, a United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) report suggests. (AllAfrica)

Zimbabwe: Schools to Reopen in 3 Phases

[The Herald] All school classes will reopen over the next six weeks in three phases, but with smaller numbers of pupils, more teachers and other health-related measures so that children can resume education without the risk of a spike in Covid-19 infections. (AllAfrica)

Kenya: University Placement Service Making Cash Out of Our Woes

[Nation] This is my account of how the Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Service (KUCCPS) assigned me a course that I had no interest in studying and took another Sh1,000 from me when I tried to change it. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: Access Bank Emphasises Private/Public Sector Collaboration

[This Day] Access Bank's Head of Sustainability, Omobolanle Victor-Laniyan, has stressed the urgent need for private and public players to collaborate in order to meet up with the remaining 10 years timeline for the full implementation of the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). (AllAfrica)

Liberia: Grand Bassa to Get Technical, Professional School

[New Dawn] The Port city of Buchanan in Grand Bassa County is to shortly benefit from a technical and professional skills training school. Addressing a news conference on 23 September in Paynesville, Montserrado County, the Founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Action for Professional Driving Institute (APDI) Mr. James Masssaboi disclosed that his institution has decided to extend its activities to Buchanan following an assessment. (AllAfrica)

South Africa: TLC2020 - Design Thinking During a Pandemic

[UCT] If you've signed up for a course at the University of Cape Town's (UCT) Hasso Plattner School of Design Thinking (d-school), then you're familiar with the classroom set-up. White boards line the walls and the conventional in-class seating arrangement has been replaced with high tables and chairs. Teamwork is the norm, and the energy in the room is palpable. (AllAfrica)

South Africa: CPUT Closed After Night of Violence Which Saw Vehicles Torched, Four Protesters Arrested

[News24Wire] The Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) closed on Friday after food trucks were torched on the Bellville campus and four people were arrested in the latest wave of violence that has hit university campuses across South Africa. (AllAfrica)

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