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University of Ilorin in Nigeria has held its 31st convocation ceremony at which a total of 6710 students graduated this year.

Vice Chancellor of the institution, Professor Abdulganiyu Ambali, said out of 6,710 graduating students, 69 students were awarded first class, 1,392 of them got second class (Upper Division), 2,884 got second class (lower division), while 932 were awarded with third class while 82 got pass.

In support of the ongoing student protest in South Africa, Academic staff at universities in South Africa is callin on their colleagues in universities and tertiary institutions around the world, civil society organisations, and all who have been fortunate enough to enjoy the benefits of higher education, to sign a campaign and stand with South African students in their struggle for a democratised higher education sector.

The University of Cape Town is obviously the best university in Africa as it makes it to this year’s Times Higher Education (THE) ranking for arts and humanities subjects.

In the latest release by the THE today, the UCT has been ranked in the 97th position and in fact the only university in Africa to feature in the lists of top 100 Arts and humanities World University Rankings 2016.

Teaching, learning and other educational activities have been suspended in all universities in South Africa as students took to the streets to protest over fee increases.

All the universities across the country have been shut down following a national protest declared by the South African Student Congress Organisation (Sasco) to make Wednesday (today) become a “national day of action” in demand of quality free education, pending a freeze on tuition costs.

Youth unemployment and extreme poverty on the continent of Africa has led a 26-year-old Nigerian to forge WASSCE certificate, Lagos State University’s Statement of results, National Youth Service Corps discharge certificate to secure a job in a bank.

Motorcycle taxi operators waiting for passengers in this village in western Kenya’s Kisumu County lounge on their various machines – but Alfred Omondi’s plug-in electric scooter stands out from the crowd.

Surrounded by motorbikes running on polluting fossil fuels, Omondi sits astride his solar-powered rechargeable motorcycle, which uses technology developed by students from the University of Nairobi.

Over 1000 pupils have dropped out of schools in Chingwizi, Masvingo province of Zimbabwe, due to hunger and long distances they have to trek to school

Student Pulse gathered that most of the drop outs are members of about 3000 families who were repatriated from Tokwe-Mukosi flood basin to Chingwizi area following the devastating floods of 2014.

According to the National President of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), Michael Olukoya, Six hundred (600) teachers have died and 19,000 displaced as a result of the Boko Haram insurgency in 7 northern states of North-East Nigeria.

"It is on record that over 600 teachers have lost their lives to the terror attacks, these include 308 in Borno, 75 on Adamawa, 18 in Yobe, 25 in Kaduna, 120 in Plateau, 63 in Kano and 2 in Gombe States." The NUT boss disclosed at the 2015 World Teachers’ Day celebration in Ekiti State.

He further noted that 19,000 teachers have been displaced by the insurgency.

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