03 September 2003
Students at the Durban Institute of Technology ran amok again last week in protest against a three-year ban on three top student leaders. About 300 students threw stones and rocks at police while hundreds ran for safety as the missiles rained down on a police casspir and a mobile water cannon. No injuries were reported.

Ten students from previously disadvantaged communities in the Northern Cape have been chosen to study medicine in Cuba. A co-operation agreement between Cuba and South Africa has already seen hundreds of Cuban doctors deployed to relieve a shortage in the public health sector in this country.

After violent cult clashes that claimed six lives, Ebonyi State University in Nigeria was closed on July 10. The university has now re-opened, but students will be required to sign a "good behaviour" agreement. Parents and guardians will be expected to endorse these undertakings, while a bill to check cultism in Ebonyi has been presented to the state proposing five years of imprisonment for anyone involved in a cult.

In collaboration with the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA), the Armed Forces Command and Staff College (AFCSC) will soon start courses for post-graduate degree programmes for Armed Forces personnel. Air Vice Marshal Samuel Odesola, announced this in Jaji, Kaduna State, when members of the Senate Committee on Defence visited the college.

The establishment of a women-only university is to be considered by the governments of 19 states in Northern Nigeria. This is to bridge the gap between the ratio of male and female education in the north, allowing women to pursue a higher degree of education. The Ugandan government has relaxed admission requirements for girls in tertiary institutions. To boost education among females, girls will get an extra 1.5 points to join any tertiary institution. Extra points were previously only given to girls joining public universities.

While 1.4 million high-school students took the SAT examination in the US, the average scores on both verbal and the mathematics sections of the college-entrance exam rose in 2003. Mathematics scores increased three points, to 519 out of 800, the highest in 35 years, and verbal scores also rose by three points, to 507 out of 800, matching a level last attained in 1987, according to the College Board.

Women college students in Sudan, including foreigners and non-Muslims, will be required to dress in traditional Muslim gear on the country's campuses, starting at the beginning of the new academic year. Mubarak Ali Majzoub, Minister of Higher Education, said that this dress code would comply with the government's religious and national obligations.

In India, Utkal University law students took to the streets to demand what they believe was their basic right - the right to cheat. Thousands of would-be lawyers were furious that they hadn't been told earlier that cheating would not be allowed, and boycotted their end-of-year exams. The angry students in the eastern state of Orissa blocked a highway in protest against the rule.

Sources: Independent Online,, the Chronicle of Higher Education

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