In the months since many countries first embarked on COVID-19-related lockdowns, many universities have adopted some form of hybrid learning approach that combines technological solutions and traditional teaching and learning. This has been necessitated by the pandemic. But, warn Emmanuel Ojo, Anthony J Onwuegbuzie, Bryan Jason Bergsteedt, Talitha Crowley, Samantha Adams and Annie Burger, research shows that many students have struggled with the demands and restrictions of remote learning. They explain why, and propose solutions.

Ghana’s two million housing deficit is compounded by the demand for a two-year rent advance by landlords. To mitigate this situation, the government has announced a new rent payment assistance scheme. Nicky Morrison, Emmanuel Kofi Gavu, Lewis Abedi Asante and Richmond Juvenile Ehwi call for a different strategy if the housing problem is to be dealt with properly.

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The pandemic has driven university students’ stress levels up as they grapple with remote learning. thembi.jpg/Shutterstock/For editorial use only

How the pandemic is hurting university students’ mental health

Emmanuel Ojo, University of the Witwatersrand; Annie Burger, Stellenbosch University; Anthony J Onwuegbuzie, University of Cambridge; Bryan Jason Bergsteedt, Stellenbosch University; Samantha Adams, Stellenbosch University; Talitha Crowley, Stellenbosch University

Ultimately, these studies will help us to make sense of how the pandemic is reshaping higher education.

Renters in Ghana are at the mercy of landlords. Remi Kahane/Wikimedia Commons

Ghana’s new rental scheme won’t fix the real problem: a housing shortage

Nicky Morrison, Western Sydney University; Emmanuel Kofi Gavu, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST); Lewis Abedi Asante, Kumasi Technical University; Richmond Juvenile Ehwi, University of Cambridge

The government of Ghana needs a more creative solution to the problem of advance rent payment

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How COVID-19 is likely to slow down a decade of youth development in Africa

Wim Naudé, University College Cork

Since 1999, extreme poverty has declined while rates of young people in education and employment have risen. Without investment though, the impact of the pandemic could see this progress imperilled,

Johannesburg is threatening to sideline informal waste pickers. Why it’s a bad idea

Melanie Samson, University of the Witwatersrand

Waste reclaimers save South African municipalities up to R748 million a year in landfill space. Without them, the country's recycling economy would not exist.


Chad’s ‘covert coup’ and the implications for democratic governance in Africa

Laura-Stella Enonchong, De Montfort University

The recent spate of military takeovers, most recently in Chad, highlights a developing trend by armed forces in Africa which overtly subvert constitutional governance.

Why Zambia’s upcoming poll risks tipping the balance against democracy

Nicole Beardsworth, University of Warwick

Distrust of the electoral commission runs deep in the opposition, which may well lead to increased tensions ahead of and following the polls.

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