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Brexit upheaval brings opportunity for African educators

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The influential magazine Foreign Policy published an article at the end of 2018 entitled

The Brexit Fueled Death of the British University 

A grim outlook for the British education sector at the start of the year has only got worse as the nation prepares for a “No Deal Brexit” and a long period of uncertainty around UK trade and immigration policies.

A joint letter sent by the heads of 150 UK universities to British Members of Parliament called a No Deal Brexit one of the “biggest threats ever” to British universities. The letter stated “vital research links will be compromised, from new cancer treatments to technologies combating climate change. The valuable exchange of students, staff and knowledge would be seriously damaged.”

British universities are now warning that international students, worth £26bn to the UK economy, will opt for countries such as the US, Canada and Australia instead. Already Australia has moved ahead of the UK as the second biggest destination for overseas students.

However, in a time of crisis for UK universities, opportunities could open up for African higher education institutions. While political developments like Brexit are putting up increased barriers to free global movement, the demand for international education and experience has never been higher.

A British Education in Africa

Since 2002 Rushmore Business School in Mauritius has offered British education in association with British universities from its base in Mauritius. The idea of a winning a British degree without the high cost of relocating and living in the UK proved popular with Mauritian students. Rushmore now offers over 60 programmes in collaboration with UK institutions, some up to PhD level.

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In an interview with AfricaLive.net

 

Dr Essoo announced plans to open new international Rushmore campus in East Africa and Europe.

Both moves would represent a significant reversal of the current trend in Mauritian education of attempting to build the country as an education hub and attract students from Africa and India to study on the island.

Future of Pan-African Education

A Mauritian higher education institution moving into East Africa could be a significant moment in the development of Pan-African internationalist education.

Dr Essoo outlined Rushmore’s development strategy by stating “We were the first institution to really look at this idea of the education hub, of developing Mauritius as a knowledge hub. The previous government started the education hub programme and this government has continued.

However, having looked at it we realised that we are maybe putting the cart before the horse. My personal opinion is that we have tried this education hub approach and it hasn’t worked very well. We attracted maybe 10 to 15% of our students from Africa and India.

I think our next step needs to be going physically to those markets and expanding there. We are working on that now, we call this the third stage of our development. The first stage was setting up initially, the second stage was building our campus here and consolidating what we had, and now the third stage is to go in to other markets and take our model there.

The plan is to have campuses in Mauritius, Eastern Africa, and Europe offering the same courses and offer students mobility between the three campuses. Students from Europe could spend some time in Africa and some time in Mauritius, and see three different cultures. We would then be a truly international school or University and students would get a truly international education.

In addition to Africa, a lot of Europeans, particularly from eastern Europe, study in the UK either for their full degree or for one term or one year through exchange programmes such as Erasmus.

We believe that with Brexit there is going to be an impact on education and on those students. We believe that we can go into those European markets and offer British education.”

The developments at Rushmore highlight the rapid changes the international education market is going through.

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Demand for international education has never been higher. However, the traditional education markets in the global north are fostering political environments increasingly hostile to internationalisation.

International higher education is now a $1.9 trillion global market and enrollments in higher education institutions are projected to grow by 200% by 2040. Total enrolment across the African continent will roughly triple from 7.4 million students to nearly 22 million by 2040.

Following the historic launch of the African Continental Free Trade Area

 

The continent must develop leaders with both a Pan-African and internationalist mindset. The expansion of institutions such as Rushmore Business School will be a significant catalyst in created an integrated African higher education sector able to attract partnerships with the leading British and international academics and teachers.

Rushmore Business School offers a wide range of programmes that address Africa’s future development needs, from engineering, business, hospitality and tourism through to aviation.

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Again, NYSC Arrest Two ‘Fake’ Corps Members In Katsina

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The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has disclosed that  it has caught two additional fake corps members at the orientation camp in Katsina State.

Ahidjo Yahaya, the NYSC State Coordinator, confirmed this in a statement issued  by their Public Relations Officer, Mr Alex Obemeata.

He, also hinted  that the two corps members were apprehended following a report from the NYSC Director-General, Brigadier General Shu’aibu Ibrahim, that the two ladies were carrying fake certificates.

“I got a security report from the DG that the two of them were carrying fake certificates. Base on that, he set out the security network to trap them and they were trapped.

“He said the two corps members had confessed to the offence. We will like to follow due process in handling the case by arraigning them before the camp’s court today (Saturday) before they would be demitted and decamped,” said Yahaha.

According Yahaha, one of the two corps members was identified as Offor Chinelo Blessing with registration No. KT/19B/3696 and call-up No. NYSC /ISU/2019/260/22 from Imo State University said to be carrying fake result in B.Sc. Insurance and Actuarial Science.

The other suspect is Meaienwa Chimdinma Ngozi with registration number KT/19B/3836 and call-up No. NYSC /ISU/2019/259331from the same university, also caught with a fake certificate in B.A Ed Education/Eng.

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This brings to at least six unqualified people caught parading themselves as corps members at the Katsina Orientation Camp since the commencement of registration of the 2019 Batch B stream II corps members deployed to the state.

The NYSC DG had shortly before the orientation camp cautioned members of the public not to go to camps with fake results, warning that anyone caught would be handed over to the police for prosecution.

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University Workers To FG: Be Prepared For ‘Mother Of All Strikes:

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University workers in Nigeria under the aegis of the Non-Academic Staff Union (NASU) and the Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Universities (SSANU) on Thursday warned the Federal Government to brace up for an indefinite nationwide strike.

SSANU’s National Vice President (North), Mr Solomon Alfa, gave this warning  at a press conference following a meeting of the Joint Action Committee of both unions in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

At the end of the meeting, the workers who are on a five-day warning strike asked the government to prepare for what they termed as the “mother of all strikes”.

The labour leaders are threatening to proceed on a nationwide industrial action barely 24 hours to the expiration of the ongoing one-week strike by the union members.

Both unions had directed their members to commence the warning strike from Monday to Friday in a letter dated August 16 and jointly signed by the General Secretary of NASU, Mr Peters Adeyemi, as well as the National President of SSANU, Mr Samson Ugwoke.

They gave the directive to all branch chairmen of the unions across the country after the 14-day ultimatum they issued to the government expired.

The unions accused the government of failing to show firm commitment towards resolving the issues raised, including the payment of earned allowances to members.

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Others are university staff schools matter and the renegotiation of 2009 Agreements.

The Joint Action Committee had warned that the National Executive Councils of the two unions would not hesitate to sanction those who fail to comply with the directive.

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Out-of-School Children: Oyo ready to educate over 170,000 almajiris, hawkers

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Oyo state government on Monday expressed its readiness to put into use the BESDA take-off grant towards educating about 170, 536 out-of-school children in 23 Local Government Areas and ensure their retention in schools.

The Chairman, Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board, Dr. Nureni Adeniran disclosed this after a two-day interactive session held in Ibadan, the state capital on implementation of World Bank assisted Better Education Service Delivery For All (BESDA).

He also  reiterated the state government’s resolve to effectively take off the street all out-of-school children and put them in public schools, adding that  the programme would cater for hawkers and Almajiris in Oyo State.

“Despite all the hiccups, I strongly believe that the essence of BESDA, which is to effectively take all the out-of-school children off the streets and draw them back to schools, will be accomplished in Oyo State”, the SUBEB boss expressed optimism.

Expressing displeasure on the outrageous number of out-of-school children in the state, Dr. Adeniran further assured  that the state government would ensure that a total of 62, 733 hawkers were taken back to school, while 107, 803 Almajiris would be taken off the streets in the Oke-Ogun region of the state.

He revealed that the Board had embarked on strategies that would ensure all out-of-school-children are returned to schools before year-2022.

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“Oyo state as one of the participating states, would ensure that all out-of-school-children are brought back to schools within the years of the programme implementation in the country as a whole”.

The Chairman also promised that the Seyi Makinde  led government would pay undivided attention to reduction in the number of out-of-school children, improve their literacy level and strengthen the education system.

Earlier his remarks, the Head, Coordination Support Team, BESDA, Mallam Iro Umar , alsonexpressed optimism that Oyo State has a good team to implement BESDA project.

He  noted that the state, through Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board, has met necessary parameters and has what it takes to drive the programme to a fruitful end.

Oyo State Government would receive an initial BESDA grant of $3Million, to kick off the programme in Ona-ara, Kajola, Surulere, Saki West, Akinyele, Olorunsogo, Iseyin, Saki East, Oyo West, Ogbomosho South, Ogbomosho North & Iwajowa.

Other Local Government Areas are, Ogo-Oluwa, Ibadan South East, Oriire, Oluyole, Afijio, Oyo West, Ibadan South East, Egbeda, Oreloope, Ibarapa Central and Ibadan North East.

 

 

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