PRETORIA, South AfricaThe Chairperson of Portfolio Committee on Basic Education is shocked and saddened by the killing on Wednesday of a 17-year old Grade 10 learner on the Mokgolokwe Middle School grounds, near Batlaharo in the Northern Cape. According to media reports, a 38-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the case. Communities must ensure that criminals are not allowed to get away with such heinous crimes Committee Chairperson Ms Nomalungelo Gina condemned yesterday’s shooting and expressed concern that a firearm was used on the school grounds, as this indicates gaps in the school’s security measures. “This is indeed sad. We have been robbed of a young life who could have had a bright future, stolen in a place that is supposed to be a safe space. This i
JUBA, South Sudan New data in the Global Initiative on Out of School Children South Sudan Country Study estimates that up to 2.4 million children are not attending school in South Sudan, the highest proportion of out of school children in the world. Years of conflict, displacement and economic collapse continue to deprive children of education, harming the future of the country. In just two years the number of children not in school will increase by a further 200,000, to 2.6 million, if conditions in the country do not significantly improve, the study warns. “We cannot leave children behind. They are the future of South Sudan,” said Sardar Umar Alam, UNESCO’s Representative to South Sudan. “We must work together – everyone including the government, civil soc
JINJA, Uganda A total of Forty (40) student officers graduated from the Senior Command and Staff College (SCSC) Kimaka in Jinja district after successfully completing their one year of study. The graduates of course 13/2017-18 were drawn also from the militaries of Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, South Africa and Tanzania. They were told to honour and respect the Men and Women who sacrificed to have peace in their respective countries by guarding all achievements with utmost discipline and hard work. The student officers pursued the Master of Arts Degree in Defence and Security Studies in collaboration with Makerere University .The course aimed at training and professionalizing officers so that they can assume high responsibilities in command and staff roles. The Chief Guest and Minis...
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa The Select Committee on Education and Recreation was briefed by Education MECs on matric results, the centralised Learner Teaching Support Material (LTSM) procurement systems and the national school nutrition programme. Committee Chairperson, Ms Lungelwa Zwane, said the meeting follows oversight visits where the committee picked up a number of problems. “During the oversight we did not find space in our programme to verify and attend to the issues, hence the meeting to get a report on what provinces are doing on matric results, the centralised LTSM procurement systems and the national school nutrition programme.” she said “We are sitting with provinces that are not performing well with regard to their matric results, we need plans and mechanisms on ho
KAMPALA, Uganda Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni has urged universities in Uganda to endeavor to create employable and enterprising students saying it is the key determinant of the success for any university. He was speaking at the 18th graduation ceremony of Kansanga-based Kampala International University (KIU) today where 2410 students, including State Minister for Privatization and Investment, Anite Evelyn, graduated in different disciplines. 22 students got first class degrees, four of whom were females. The President advised the graduands to emulate the entrepreneurial and ambitious Mr. Hassan Bassajjabala, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of KIU adding that graduates must refrain from being dormant after university but seek to be wealth creators. He also informed t...
JINJA, Uganda Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni has had an interface with Senior Army Officers on pertinent national, regional and international issues. The interface took place last evening at the Jinja-based Senior Command and Staff College, Kimaka, which is UPDF’s highest institution of learning in the country. The interface featured the fielding of questions from Senior Army Officers to the President as the 40 Officers from Uganda, other East African countries and South Africa, concluded their 47-week course. It was observed the East African integration would lend the region a strong bargaining power in terms of trade and ensuring prosperity of the people as well as providing strategic defence. "The first issue about integration is prosperity and the market. There is no
NAIROBI, Kenya Kenya's President Kenyatta has congratulated Professor Judi Wakhungu, Kenyan Designate Ambassador to Paris and former Cabinet Secretary for Environment, on winning the Visionary Award at the 2018 Ocean Awards. The visionary award recognises individuals or groups that take leading roles in globally-significant actions for the benefit of ocean health. The winner of the award must have shown consistent leadership and vision on ocean issues, going above and beyond others in their commitment in protecting marine life. Last August, Kenya became the latest country in Africa to ban plastic bags, following the lead set by Rwanda in 2008. It was the culmination of a long campaign driven by Professor Wakhungu, then Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Water and Natural Resources