Uganda’s private schools must stop snubbing language learning policy

Medadi Ssentanda, Makerere University and Judith Nakayiza, Makerere University Private schools are becoming ubiquitous across Africa. Research has shown that their growth, although it has positive effects, is also problematic because many private schools are being set up without proper policy guidelines. In Uganda, this absence of policy guidelines manifests in private schools’ attitude to …

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Mentoring the next generation of scientists in Africa

Sibusiso Moyo, Durban University of Technology Mentoring the next generation of scientists in Africa should start from primary school, continue at university and extend into the workplace. We must encourage the majority of female African students to choose a career in science so that they contribute to the economic and social development of the continent. …

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Africa’s business schools must champion anti-corruption education

Shiv Tripathi, Mzumbe University Ganka Daniel Nyamsogoro, Mzumbe University Corruption touches our lives every day. It happens across the private sector as well as the public service in the realms of housing, education, health and agriculture. Its influence reaches dangerously further, too: it directly threatens sustainable development. Corruption takes many forms. This makes it almost …

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Untapped learning potential of technology in Africa

Narend Baijnath, University of South Africa There is widespread acknowledgement that Africa has a long road to travel before it can use the power of technology to improve the lives of people. Broadband coverage outside urban and peri-urban areas is still woefully inadequate despite initiatives such as undersea cables that are connecting African countries. But …

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Helping learners become fluent in the language of science classrooms

Samuel Ouma Oyoo, University of the Witwatersrand Science at school level is largely viewed as a practical subject – one that is taught using experiments, for instance. But effective teaching and learning requires language, whether it’s written in textbooks or shared orally during classroom discussions. Language is necessary even while doing practical work: teachers must …

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