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Number of qualified primary school teachers and grade 6 literacy in Nigeria higher than claimed

18th September 2018 Nigeria’s ailing education system is shown in the bad shape of its public schools, the head of an educational charity said recently. The Nation... 

Tax revenue and development spend: does Kenya’s majority leader get his numbers right?

14th September 2018 The leader of the majority party in Kenya’s national assembly wasted no time in trading punches with his TV host as he waded into a national... 

Checked: Two claims about the ‘astronomical’ cost of Nigeria’s election

6th September 2018 Presidential hopeful Kingsley Moghalu recently took issue with the budget for Nigeria’s 2019 elections, comparing it to the cost of the 2014... 

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Women teach and men lead? Gender inequality in South African schools examined

3rd September 2018 Studies of female teachers’ path to leadership positions usually focus on the barriers and challenges they may face. That’s why Stellenbosch... 

Violence against South Africa’s women, children: verifying claims at a men’s summit

30th August 2018 Men from organisations across South Africa came together for a summit in August 2018 to develop a “men’s charter” and a “men’s sector strategic... 

China owns 20% of Kenya’s external debt – not 70% as reported

21st August 2018 Worried about being up to its ears in debt, Kenya’s government wants to hire experts to manage its borrowing, local media has reported. Much of... 

No, murder rate for women in South Africa hasn’t spiked by 117%

20th August 2018 Claim: The UN estimates 117% rise in killing of women in South Africa since 2015 Verdict: Explainer: 117% is from data now withdrawn by Stats SA 

Townships contribute R100bn to South Africa’s economy? No way to tell

20th July 2018 “South Africa’s townships contribute up to R100-billion to the overall economy,” the chief executive of business advisory service EntBanc wrote in... 

Do 8 300 super-rich Kenyans own more than the rest?

10th July 2018 Kenya’s wealthy have little trouble remaining in the spotlight. In April 2018, British think tank Chatham House spoke of the country’s “rampant”... 

Eskom and the viral infographic: do the numbers add up?

9th July 2018 Worker protests over pay at South Africa’s power utility have led to lights being turned off across the country. The utility, Eskom, announced... 

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