WENR, December 2018: Africa
Kenya: Incoming Fee Hikes for Kenyan Students
Kenyan students can expect increases in tuition fees following the government’s recent decision to rule out any increases in university funding. A proposal presented by vice-chancellors could have students paying up to 300 percent of the current fee level. While Kenya’s higher education sector has seen rapid growth over the last five years, it is currently in dire shape, struggling to recover from a recent financial crisis.
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South Africa: Bill Puts Forth New Protections Against Fake Qualifications
South African Higher Education and Training Minister Naledi Pandor has highlighted misrepresentation of qualifications as a major concern for both the public and private sectors. To combat these concerns, a new bill has been passed to strengthen the South African Qualifications Authority. The bill includes plans to create a public online registry which will list anyone who has attempted to use false qualifications.
Uganda: University Leaders Call for Tax Exemptions
Ugandan university leaders are calling on the government to provide tax exemptions to universities in order to help them better achieve their mandate. University leaders say, taxes like the value added tax on supplies can make construction and development costly, and stifle growth in the country’s higher education sector. The vice chancellors forum has requested a meeting with President Museveni to discuss the matter.
Nigeria: Ekiti State Governor Criticizes Strike, Praises Government Higher Ed Efforts
Ekiti State Governor Kayode Fayemi has criticized the recent decision of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to strike. ASUU is striking in pursuit of education improvements and claims the government has not done enough to support the higher education sector. Fayemi agrees that there is more to be done, however, according to Fayemi, no prior administration has done as much as the current for ASUU and tertiary education in the country.