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Morocco’s Education Ministry Denies Postponing Baccalaureate Exam1 minute read



Morocco’s Ministry of Education has described as fake news it postponed the the regional baccalaureate exam.

The examination, which normally holds around July, is fixed for October 1 to 3, 2020.

It was earlier postponed to September due to the novel coronavirus pandemic. But with the virus situation in Morocco not improving, the ministry later reschedule it for October.

However, a press statement, attributed to the ministry, had said the exam had been postponed indefinitely due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The ministry, however, clarified that the October 1-3 fixed for the exam though sacrosanct depends on the country’s pandemic situation by the set date.

The ministry also urged Moroccans to make sure about the veracity of each information from the ministry’s official sources.

On August 26, Morocco’s Minister of Education, Saaid Amzazi, declared that it was virtually impossible to cancel the regional baccalaureate exam.

For the minister, cancelling the exam would discredit the baccalaureate diploma.

Amzazi made the declaration in a hearing before the Education, Culture, and Communication Committee at the House of Representatives.

Five days later, on August 31, the ministry announced that regional baccalaureate exams would take place between October 1-3.

The statement added that postponing Morocco’s regional baccalaureate exams would benefit students, giving them more time to improve their knowledge skills before the tests.

Regional baccalaureate exams are the tests that students in Morocco take at the end of the second year of high school. Students take the exams in secondary subjects, depending on their branch of studies.

The regional exams make up 25% of the overall mark of the Moroccan baccalaureate.

This year, 196,664 students passed the normal session of the final baccalaureate, including 102,882 who claimed their success with distinction.

The success rate for this year’s normal baccalaureate session stood at 63.08%, down from 65.55% in 2019.


South African Dies In Zimbabwe’s Plane Crash



A South African national was found dead, and two others critically injured, in a crashed plane belonging to the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority (ZIMPARKS) in Zambezi Valley.

Local reports on Tuesday said that a fourth person, who was on the four-seat Cessna 182 light aircraft, is still missing.

It said a 25-man search team has been combing the Chewore Safari Area, Zambezi Valley, in northern Zimbabwe to find him.

The deceased is a South African researcher, who was conducting a game survey with a compatriot and two Zimbabweans, including the pilot, the newspaper said.

Rescuers found the pilot and the other South African researcher badly injured, about 48 hours after the plane disappeared from the radar.

Zimbabwean and Zambian authorities are jointly carrying out the search for the missing passenger.

ZIMPARKS spokesperson, Tinashe Farawo, confirmed the plane crash and said the injured had been taken to Kariba Hospital.

“It is not yet clear what caused the crash and investigations are still in progress.

“We have engaged authorities in Zambia to help in the search for the fourth person who remains missing.”

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Nigerian Stabbed To Death By Ghanaian Wife In India Over Infidelity



A Nigerian national living in India has reportedly been stabbed to death by his wife, a Ghanaian, over alleged infidelity.

The deceased, identified simply as 30-year-old Emmanuel, and his wife Abigail were said to have had an argument after the woman got to know of her man’s alleged involvement with another woman.

During the argument Abigail was said to have stabbed Emmanuel with a sharp object. Emmanuel was rushed to a hospital for treatment but was declared dead on arrival.

The incident reportedly happened in Outer Delhi.

Police say Abigail, who sells snacks from her home, has been arrested, and a case of murder has been registered at Nihal Vihar police station.

According to Additional DCP (Outer) Sudhanshu Dhama, “Police received information from DDU Hospital that a man had been brought there by his wife and was declared dead on arrival. When police reached the hospital, it was revealed the deceased had sustained injuries made by a sharp object. Abigail was nowhere to be found.”

“Her phone was also switched off, but hours later, she was found and questioned.”

He added that the duo got married in September 2019, but had been living separately since August 2020.

He said, “They had a strained relationship. During questioning, the accused revealed that on Sunday, she went to see Emanual and got to know that he was involved with another woman, following which a scuffle ensued. Early on Monday, Emanual went to her house, and an altercation again took place. This was when she stabbed him with a knife.”

Police said the two had been living in India since May 2019.

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Namibia Trains 80 Rhino Rangers



Namibia’s Save the Rhino Trust has said it has started a rhino monitoring training programme for community rangers.

According to the group’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Sinson Urikob, 80 people are participating in the programme.

Speaking on Tuesday, Urikob added that the training was part of a bid to curb the poaching of the last free roaming black rhinos in the world.

Urikob said the training will equip community rangers with different skills that would make it possible for them to handle themselves in the field while protecting the rhinos.

“Community rhino rangers working in these areas are of the utmost importance when conducting monitoring patrols and providing critical information on rhinos.’’

Urikob said that the trackers come from the community and are trained in different skills such as how to track rhinos on foot on rough terrain in an area with no national park status and no fences.

“We need real data from the field to be able to tell the nation how many free roaming rhinos we have.

“The rangers need to know their behavior and tracking using the different equipment provided such as GPS, cameras.

“They must be able to tell their age and sex and know how to approach a rhino, and how to handle themselves at crime scenes.’’

Namibia is the only country in the world with the last free roaming black rhinos found in the north east of the country.

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