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China bans exams for six-year-old school children

China has announced a ban on written exams for six and seven-year-olds. It’s the latest effort to try and relieve pressure on parents and students in a highly competitive education system. Students used to be required to take exams from the first year of primary school, up until a university entrance exam at the age of 18. But the education ...

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Ghanaians who return within a week after travelling abroad no longer need COVID-19 test – GACL

The Ghana Airport Company Limited (GACL) has issued a new directive to Ghanaians travelling in and out of the country using the Kotoka International Airport (KIA). Per the new guidelines, GACL will no longer demand COVID-19 test results from Ghanaians who travel outside the country and return within a week. However, they will have to undergo mandatory COVID-19 testing at ...

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Congo reviewing $6 billion mining deal with Chinese investors

Democratic Republic of Congo’s government is reviewing its $6 billion “infrastructure-for-minerals” deal with Chinese investors as part of a broader examination of mining contracts, Finance Minister Nicolas Kazadi told Reuters. President Felix Tshisekedi said in May that some mining contracts could be reviewed because of concerns they are not sufficiently benefiting Congo, which is the world’s largest producer of cobalt ...

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TAMA Foundation, other stakeholders discuss state of mining in Northern Ghana

A two-day partnership and capacity-building workshop on natural resource governance in northern Ghana has ended in Tamale with a call on companies engaged in mining in that part of the country to ensure that their operations are environmentally friendly and consistent with the laws. The workshop, which ended on Wednesday, August 25, 2021 was to provide a platform for civil ...

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Trial suggests malaria sickness could be cut by 70%

A new approach to protecting young African children from malaria could reduce deaths and illness from the disease by 70%, a study suggests. Giving them vaccines before the worst season in addition to preventative drugs produced “very striking” results, London researchers say. The trial followed 6,000 children aged under 17 months in Burkina Faso and Mali. Most of the 400,000 ...

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Africa’s COVID-19 third wave stabilises as vaccine levels rise – WHO

A third wave of COVID-19 infections in Africa has stabilised with 248,000 cases reported in the last week, the World Health Organization said on Thursday, while vaccines administered over the same period tripled to 13 million compared to the previous week. Source: Reuters

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Chief Imam donates GHC 50,000 towards the construction of National Cathedral

The National Chief Imam of Ghana, Sheik Osmanu Nunu Sharubutu, has donated GHS50,000 towards the construction of the National Cathedral. The Chief Imam made the announcement when the chairman and members of the board of trustees of the National Cathedral paid a courtesy call on him to congratulate him on the successful completion of the National mosque today, Thursday, August ...

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High blood pressure now more common in low and middle-income countries, new report finds

The vast majority of people with high blood pressure, or hypertension, – a serious medical condition that significantly increases the risks of heart, brain, kidney and other diseases – live in low and middle-incomes countries, a World Health Organization (WHO) report released on Wednesday has revealed The study, which was co-led by Imperial College London, found that 82 per cent ...

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How Africa can seize the moment and start resetting its relationship with the IMF

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) will inject US$650 billion in Special Drawing Rights into the global economy. It will allocate them among its member states, which can then decide for themselves how they want to use their Special Drawing Rights. This injection, which will take place on 23 August 2021, is more than double the total number of Special Drawing Rights the IMF has ...

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High School Boys being sexually abused by female Teachers, MPs told

 Parliamentarians have heard of an emerging trend of the sexual abuse of high school boys by female teachers. The concern has been raised by the South African Council for Educators and has been highlighted during a sexual harassment and gender-based violence briefing to the Basic Education committee. The committee heard how the Basic Education Department was addressing the issues through ...

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