ONYANGO-OBBO: Our African universities are up in arms, and we are at sea


By CHARLES ONYANGO-OBBO
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Kenya’s universities are in upheaval. Students and lecturers have been in full protest mode in recent months. They are not alone.

Across the western border in Uganda, it’s the same story. And they have been at it longer in South Africa. In Ethiopia, not too long ago, they were seeking regime change.

Almost everywhere on the continent, where they are sure they will not all be machine-gunned if they took to the streets, Africa’s university students are up in arms. So, what to do? There seems to be agreement that two things are needed.

The first, is “education reform” — broadly meaning make education more engaging (even if it’s very basic stuff like getting rid of the old blackboard and chalk and bringing in whiteboards and markers) and…

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