Charity Wayua, PhD, is a research scientist at IBM Research - Africa lab in Nairobi, Kenya. (Photo/ Mutua Matheka, with permission from IBM)

PhDs Per Capita In Africa: Tunisia, Morocco And Egypt Are Research Kings

The low number of PhDs per capita in Africa reflects its opportunity cost. The estimated cost of a doctoral degree is $50,000, enough to finance five classrooms that would benefit about 400 pupils


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A burning school. Kenyan students have become world champions at torching their school buildings, especially dormitories. (Photo/River Mc Gregor/Flickr). BURNING SCHOOL

Kenya’s School Arson Crisis: Fire Will Get You Listened To, And Students Know It

It is part of a broader reactionary mode of governance, which teenagers are already aware of – that citizen initiatives are ignored until they pose a direct threat to property and the public peace.


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Makerere University in Uganda. (Photo/ Flickr/ Rachel Strohm)

More Than Half Of University Graduates In East Africa Lack Basic Skills For Work

Students are “emerging from institutions of learning with half-baked skills and fully formed aspirations – a toxic combination by any standard.”


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Child marriage in Ethiopia: Bossena (blue t-shirt) got married when she was 15. She’s now divorced. (Photo/ Jessica Lea/ DFID)

Child Marriage In Africa: Tough Bans In Tanzania And The Gambia, But The Problem Is The System

School officials are allowed to expel pregnant girls, and they often do, to prevent the girls being a “bad influence” on others. That means that in most cases, getting married is the only option available to pregnant girls.