- Daily Nation
Our African Universities are up in arms, and we are at sea (Kenya)
Kenya’s universities are in upheaval. Students and lecturers have been in full protest mode in recent months. They are not alone. Across the western border in Uganda, it’s the same story. And they have been at it longer in South Africa. In Ethiopia, not too long ago, they were seeking regime change. Almost everywhere on the continent, where they are sure they will not all be machine-gunned if they took to the streets, Africa’s university students are up in arms. So, what to do? There seems to be agreement that two things are needed. The first, is “education reform” — broadly meaning make education more engaging (even if it’s very basic stuff like getting rid of the old blackboard and chalk and bringing in whiteboards and markers) and teaching knowledge and skills they can use in the real world (coding, running businesses) or that employers need. Secondly, throw more money in education by paying lecturers better, building modern libraries and research laboratories, and pleasant dormitories, not the hovels that university hostels have become.
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- The Ethiopia Herald
Ethiopia: ministry to employ 80 percent of university graduates (Ethiopia)
Ethiopia’s Ministry of Education stated that it has been working to attain the vision of securing employment for 80 percent of university graduates by 2020. The Ministry’s Higher Education Inspection Director, Samuel Dessalegn, told said the strategic plan was set to help the graduate obtain relevant jobs within 12 months of graduation. “We give due emphasis to not only provide new graduates access to jobs, but also to ensure that it would be relevant to their field of study within 12 months after graduation,” said Dessalegn. Inadequate English proficiency and limited exposure about future carriers have been identified by the Ministry as the major challenges facing new graduates. To this end, a strategy was put in place that takes these major hindrances into consideration. Dessalegn said carrier service centers that offer training for graduate students on different jobs, work discipline, market, salary rate and other related issues were established in all universities. Currently the centers are providing service in 23 universities. Dessalgen added that preparation has also been finalised to install carrier path prototype in 79 programs while the trainings are incorporated into the system. It is a viable move in acquainting them with the desired knowledge, and exposure about future carriers, he added.
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- The Citizen
Govt Borrows Sh270bn for Youth Vocational Training (Tanzania)
The government has borrowed $120 mil(Sh270 billion) from the World Bank to hone the skills of Tanzania’s youth in various vocational undertakings. The deputy permanent secretary in the ministry of Education, Science, Technology and Vocational Training, Prof James Mdoe, said honing youth’s skills is important for Tanzania to achieve its goal of becoming a semi-industrialized, middle-income nation as outlined in the country’s National Development Vision 2025. Speaking on the sidelines of a forum to discuss youth capacity building in Dar es Salaam, Prof Mdoe said once the money is injected into the programme for training youth as envisaged, there will be no need for investors to acquire workers from abroad. Sponsored by the Tanzania Private Sector Foundation (TPSF), the forum brought together several stakeholders from the private and public sectors of the economy who – among other things – discussed the need to form sectoral councils to advise the government on the components that need to be featured in the training courses as planned. “The monies we borrowed from the World Bank will be acquired in the same style as that of higher education. The beneficiaries will be youth in colleges at the lower levels, as well as those who have been trained in short courses,” Prof Mdoe stated. The money will be disbursed as part of the implementation of a five-year programme titled ‘Education and skills for productive jobs,’ implementation of which started last year.
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