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Public school teachers in Kenya have agreed through their unions to give the government 90 days to work on the salary dispute. This move brings an end to their five-week long strike which necessitated the closure of all public schools in the country.

Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) officials who made the announcement Saturday afternoon said the strike has only been suspended not called off.

Cairo University, one of the leading public universities in Egypt has banned its female academic staff from wearing niqab to lecture halls, laboratories and other places for academic purposes. Niqab is a veil that covers a woman’s head and face but leaves only the eyes visible.

Schools in Kilimanjaro region,Tanzania, have been warned by the government against dropping students before they reach form four.

The Acting Deputy Regional Administrative Secretary (Education) Mr Estomih Makyara said that some schools are used to setting certain pass mark at Form II or Form III and consequently barring students from continuing to the next level for failure to attain the mark.

A high court in Kenya has suspend the government’s move to close down private schools in the country.

This followed a directive issued by the government that all private schools should be closed as their counterparts in public schools have been shut down due to the ongoing teacher’s strike in the country.

Students of Makerere University in Uganda have registered their displeasure on a new policy the University’s authority passed recently by holding a demonstration on campus.
Daily monitor’s reports say the students demonstrated against this policy because they say it’s a violation of their rights.

President John Mahama has inaugurated the Mauritius campus of the African Leadership Academy, a private tertiary institution, founded by a Ghanaian entrepreneur, Fred Swaniker.

He was joined at the short inaugural ceremony at the Beau Plan Business Park by the Deputy Prime Minister of Mauritius, Hon. Charles Xavier-Luc Duval.

Ghana and Mauritius have agreed to waive visa requirements for holders of each other’s national passports. It follows the signing of an agreement on mutual visa waiver exemption in Port Louis on Monday as part of the 3-day state visit of President John Mahama.

President John Dramani Mahama is currently in Mauritius for a three-day state visit and will inaugurate a new private University on Wednesday, African leadership College, owned by a Ghanaian. As part of his visit, he will sign an agreement with Mauritius for the development of a US$260 million ICT enclave, which is expected to create in excess of 5,000 direct jobs. He will also address a business forum on tomorrow.

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