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‘Language wars’ rock Cameroon

02-01-2017 Hits:144 News Matt Salusbury - avatar Matt Salusbury

Hundreds have been arrested with at least two killed – apparently at the hands of security forces – during protests by anglophones. Lawyers, teachers and students are on strike over...

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Jorge Franganillo

Matt Salusbury writes 

Following July’s government purge of Turkey’s education sector (see August 2016 Gazette), many of the fifteen universities closed by the government’s Higher Education Council have reopened under new names, but some students are discovering that English-medium courses are now off the curriculum.

According to the Turkiye Gazetesi newspaper, the government has created three new universities – Beykoz University in Istanbul, İzmir Bakırçay University and İzmir Democracy University – and changed the names of five reopened universities.


Claudia Civinini writes

In the city of Ancona, Italy shop owners, sales assistants and waiting staff in the local shops have recently gone through an unusual English language test. In a bid to discover whether the city is ready to welcome and help foreign tourists, teachers at language school International House TVC, also known as the Victoria Company, went around the city pretending to be tourists and asking for directions and advice in English.


The southern African nation of Namibia has asked schools if they need teachers from Nigeria, ‘especially in English, mathematics and science’, and also recruiting ‘volunteers’ from Zimbabwe. New Era newspaper revealed a leaked email telling schools they were ‘urgently requested to indicate whether there is a need for … teachers’ provided via the Nigerian Technical Assistance Cooperation.


Egypt’s new academic year began without any Qatari or Saudi postgraduate students. Both these Gulf states have ‘limited’ their flows of scholarship students to Egypt, according to Al Fanar news agency. Qatar has even de-recognised Egyptian degrees obtained by its nationals, while the Saudi Education Ministry in August removed all Egyptian institutions from its list of approved universities. Al Fanar cited a Saudi embassy source as saying ‘the increasing numbers of forged master’s and Ph.D. degrees from Egypt’ prompted the Kingdom’s decision.

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