Ugandan outspoken feminist academic Stella Nyanzi jailed for allegedly insulting the President Yoweri Museveni on Facebook was released on bail after spending more than a month on remand.
Tanzanian President John Magufuli last week fired almost 10 000 civil servants because they had forged their educational qualifications. Magufuli reportedly said the vacant posts would be filled urgently by “qualified persons” The dismissal has been welcomed by many, seen as step in the right direction, which signals strong leadership and political will to effectively get rid of corruption. Since taking office Magufuli has been praised for taking bold steps, aimed at fighting corruption, profligacy, malfeasance and strengthening public sector transparency and accountability.
At 23 Musawenkosi Donia Saurombe has made history, graduating with a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Industrial Psychology, from the North-West University – Mafikeng, in South Africa. Musa’s PhD thesis passed without corrections, a remarkable feat. She joins a list of elite record breaking young scholars that have wowed the world. A hearty congratulations on the remarkable achievement.
Dr Hleze Kunju wrote his doctoral thesis in isiXhosa, Rhodes University’s first isiXhosa authored PhD thesis. The act has been described as a milestone. With recent agitations for the incorporation of African languages into the education system, Dr Kunju’s remarkable accomplishment could give impetus to efforts to transform South Africa’s education system.
Parents in Zimbabwe who cannot raise tuition fees for their children can offer livestock such as goats as payment or offer their skills to the schools, Primary and Secondary Education Minister Dr Lazarus Dokora recently revealed. Dr Dokora was quoted by local press saying, “On the issue of livestock, the community has to arrange a market where everyone participates; from the school authorities, local leadership and parents themselves to avoid parents being duped.” The country is currently going through a crippling cash crisis, and efforts by the Central Bank to ease the liquidity crunch have been fruitless. The livestock-for-fees proposal has been met with mixed emotions in the country, and on social media, welcomed by some but heavily criticised by others as a desperate move.
As Nigeria marks the third anniversary of the kidnapping of 276 students from a government girls’ school by the Islamist militant group Boko Haram, Anne Mucheke reflects on what has changed for the activists – and the government that promised to rescue them.
What better way to celebrate National Siblings Day than with the news of these quadruplets that got admitted into Ivy League schools, Harvard, Yale, Cornell and Princeton among other institutions. The brothers, who have their own WhatsApp group, found out about their acceptance while at track practice. We wish them all the best as they make their respective choices.
Academic, creative writer and human rights activist Stella Nyanzi has been charged with cyber harassment of President Yoweri Museveni this afternoon in Kampala. This followed two months of her intensive criticism of Janet Museveni, the country’s Minister Education and wife to the President, over the government’s reneging on an electoral promise to supply free sanitary pads to school going menstruating girls.
We start this week with heartwarming news, Ghanaian Nancy Abu-Bonsrah becomes the first black female neurosurgery resident at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. Abu-Bonsrah left Ghana at the age of 15, and has been in the U.S for nearly 11 years. The first physician in her family, including the extended family, Abu-Bonsrah was matched with Johns Hopkins Hospital to specialize in Neurological Surgery. A hearty congratulations on the remarkable achievement.