Niger higher education may change after violent demonstrations

Grey and red megaphoneStudents in Niger will get the higher education changes they have been demonstrating about for the past week.

The mass protests that took place in the capital city, Niamey, saw 313 arrests made and 109 people injured – while one student lost their life in the name of education reform.

In order to bring peace to the sector and make some headway, the government has replaced the Education Minister and has begun a dialogue with students over non-payment of scholarships, learning conditions and dormitory living conditions. The students are also in favour of salary increases for lecturers to avoid the recurring strikes, cancelled lectures and study activities that continually disrupt their studies.

The education sector in the Niger is one of sub-Saharan Africa’s least developed. There is consistently a lack of schools, suitably trained teachers and educational resources.

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