Should all Kenyan students wear the same color uniform? The Education ministry says so

The government has revealed a new plan to have all students in Kenya wear the same school uniform.

This move comes after the implementation of a uniform yellow colour for school buses.

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Education Principal Secretary Belio Kipsang, said that they would seek to have students wear the same uniform.

A uniform of the same colour and made with the same fabric.

He wants local textile industries like Moi University-owned Rivatex in Eldoret to prepare to manufacture the new uniforms, once the new policy is adopted.

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He went ahead and said;’As we move towards having the same uniform and fabric in all our schools we want Rivatex to prepare so that they are able to play a role in the manufacture of the uniforms that will be required,’.

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Kenyan schools have always come up with their own uniform policy,so this move would represent a major shift.

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The proposal has been frowned upon by a number of Kenyans while a few see that it will go a long way in bridging differences between students and families of widely contrasting income levels.

The final outcome remains to be seen.

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Against all odds, this disabled Somali man graduates with top honors in a story full of emotion

A physically disabled student who recently graduated at the top of his class in Somali, has won the heart of the internet after pictures of him crawling to receive his award, emerged online.

The pictures have been widely shared, with many noting how his physically handicapped nature has not deterred him from achieving his lifes dream.

The photos have been shared by Hodan TV, with a simple caption tat read;

 

Some people take education for granted and some people use all their might to get one! Ismail Raage crawled to get his degree today! He graduated from in

Mowliid A. Hassan‏…He hasn’t only come first in his class but also his Department, Banking and Finance.

Cali C. Macallin‏….Magnificent! I just don’t have words to describe how it makes me feel to see some like Ismail doing amazing things such as getting his degree and prepare to contribute his share of the Somalia we all need to build from the scratch. Thank you @HodanTV for bringing this topic up.

 Ahmed‏ @muhsin_zayda…..Masha Allah. I’m blown away really, can’t find words, . I’m proud of you brother. #respect
Foodey A. Fidow‏ @shaaficara…..Ismail Raage is physically disabled but he is mentally powerful, his disabled did not stop to his dreams, besides Allah, H.E Abdirahman @odawaay was rote of his success, many thanks & Regards our former minister for tireless Social responsibility.

KCSE Candidate EXPELLED From Christian School Over ‘Demonic’ Drawings (PHOTOS)

A student who was due to sit his Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) exams at Bahati Boys’ Secondary School in November was recently expelled over demonic drawings as reported in a local publication.

According to the school’s administration, Ian Njenga was sent packing because of “drawing suggestive art associated with demonic faith”.

He is accused, among other things, of drawing a scorpion his school mates shirt, a move the administration says is a clear sign that he is recruiting other students into his cult.

Njenga’s expulsion letter which was signed by Patrick Ombok, the school’s principal, claims his drawings suggests that he owes allegiance to some other faith.

However, while admitting that he loves drawing, the student said they are neither demonic nor have anything to do with a cult.

The Form Four student said he has many drawings adding that he gets inspiration from the work of other artists.

As such, Njenga feels that was handed to him was too harsh since he has never had a case before.

His sentiments were echoed by his mother, Mary Njenga, who said that her son has been in love with arts from a very young age.

The institution advised her to enroll him in a day school where she can keep a close eye on him and take him for counseling.

 

Sauti Sol Move To Improve Girl Education As They Link Up With Amazing Globetrotting Teenager

We all know them as that boy-band who often release hit after hit, and recently won the MTV 2016 Best Group Award. Proving just how diverse they can be, Sauti Sol members eagerly played host to 14-year-old Zuriel Oduwole at Tribe Hotel. Chimano and Polycarp welcomed Zuriel who was vocal about educating Africa’s children, more so girls.

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Zuriel has met an impressive number of Presidents worldwide and also made history by becoming the youngest person to try mediate peace between two countries – Guyana & Venezuela.

In August 2016 at age 14, Forbes Afrique which is distributed across all 23 Francophone African countries as well as France, Belgium and Switzerland, featured her in their annual Africa’s 100 Most Influential Women’s list. Other women featured included the President of Liberia, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Ameenah Gurib, President of Mauritius.

Now, back to our beloved boy band…They have their own initiative called Soma Soma, which aims to encourage kids to stay in school. Launched in 2012, their well-known song Soma Kijana is the title track for this project.

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Read; Parents, These Are The 3 Ways You Are Sabotaging Your Children’s Future

By linking up with Zuriel, Sauti Sol can work to make a case for education who has so far spoken to more than 24,500 youths across 11 countries about the importance of education. This is as part of her Dream Up, Speak Up, Stand Up project.

Despite her age, this is one girl doing big things. Her dad and manager said they completely changed the way they live to support their daughter, even homeschooling her themselves.

 

 

Find Out What Mwalimu King’ang’i Challenged Maina Kageni To Do

Maina Kageni’s co-host, Mwalimu King’ang’i was nominated by ex-comedian John Kiarie, to name and honour his favourite primary school teacher.

King’ang’i named the late Mwalimu Obonyo from way back in Township Muslim School in Machakos who gave him a chance as a shy boy to act in his plays and build confidence and create the person he has become today.

King’ang’i nominated Julie Gichuru, Jeff Koinange and Maina Kageni to continue the challenge and name their favourite primary school teacher and why they celebrate them

Maina named his favourite teacher from Westlands Primary School during the morning show with Mwalimu King’ang’i.  Listen below why his history teacher was the best ever.

Are the new education regulations by Prof. Jacob Kaimenyi realistic?

Kenya national union of teachers have already threatened to call for a national teachers’ strike when schools re-open to protest the new education regulations which were reportedly gazetted by education cabinet secretary, Prof. Jacob Kaimenyi.

KNUT secretary general Wilson Sossion is among the disgruntled education key players who are protesting the move by Jacob Kaimenyi to assume teachers service commission’s powers to hire and fire head teachers.

Below is a number of some of the new education regulations:

1. Learners transiting from a pre-primary school to a public primary one will no longer be subjected to interviews or entry examinations, the regulations further states that parents or guardians will no longer have to pay admission fees.

2. End term exams in all public schools have been scrapped. According to Kaimenyi, students will from today onwards be made to repeat classes only for medical reasons.

3. All schools will be required to have a first aid kit for each class. The new education regulations also require everyone within the school to have training on how to use the kit. Boarding schools will also need to have a qualified nurse.

4. Learners in boarding schools will now be allowed to rest from 9.30 pm to 6 am. The education regulations state that evening preps will be from 7.30 pm to 9.30 pm. 6 am to 8 am will be time for supervised routine activities.

5. Classes will now be ending at 3.30 P.M. Learners will use the time between 3.30 PM and 4.45PM for co-curricular activities. The regulations also bar learners from arriving in school before 7:15 A.M as learning is expected to start at 8A.M.

Source: radiojambo.co.ke

Kibaki sh4.6 Billion library gift to Makerere University

Former President Mwai Kibaki will Saturday become the first head of state to build a presidential library at his alma mater, or university where he once studied. The multi-billion-shilling facility is based at Makerere University, Uganda.

According to information released by the university on Monday, the facility will cost US$50 million (Sh4.5 billion). Of this, $40million will go to the Presidential Library and $10million to the Mwai Kibaki-endowed Chair in Economics.

“The HE Mwai Kibaki Presidential Library will be the first presidential library built by a former president at his alma mater. It will also be the first library in Africa to have an endowed chair in economics,” the deputy Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration, Prof Barnarbas Nawangwe, said.

Makerere Chancellor George Mondo explained that the university chose Kibaki because he was the first African to graduate there with a 1st Class Honours Degree in the Arts, in 1955.

He added that Kibaki was also the first African to graduate with distinction in the BSc Public Finance programme at the London School of Economics in 1958.

Mondo also cited Kibaki’s decision to return and serve his alma mater from 1958 to 1960 as Assistant Lecturer in the Department of Economics and Political Science, “instead of taking up other, lucrative offers”.

He said this was “commendable and worthy of recognition”.

 

UoN ranked 7th in Africa

The University of Nairobi is the best in Kenya, according to the just-released ranking of world universities by Webometrics. The site ranked UoN 7th in Africa and 855 in the world.

In East Africa, UoN beat Uganda’s Makerere University (position 13), the University of Dar es Salaam (37), Kenyatta University (38) and Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (44).

The performance is the best result posted by any local university since the advent of web ranking in 2004. Among private institutions, Mt Kenya University improved from last year’s position 10 to 8. This means MKU is the third best private university in Kenya after Strathmore and Africa Virtual University.

“Our concerted efforts at improving access to e-learning and sharing information through electronic formats are continuously bearing fruit,” said MKU vice chancellor Stanley Waudo. “This impressive ranking accentuates our other successes on the ICT front.”

Two previous rankings placed the university at positions 12 and 20 nationally and fourth among private universities. KCA University and Maseno close the top 10 rankings.

 

Multimedia University Closed Indefinitely As Students Riot Over Wifi Outages

Multimedia University has been closed indefinitely after students rioted Sunday night causing destruction to school property and causing traffic on Mbagathi road because of internet outages in the school.

Amb. Prof. Festus Kaberia , the senate board chair issued the interno memo stating, “Following the student unrest that took place on 8th February, 2015 around 7.30pm causing extensive damage to University Property and disrupting traffic on Magadi road, the University Senate has met today 9th February, 2015, deliberated on the matter and resolved to close the University indefinitely.”

The school that gave the students up-to 12 noon to vacate the premises will communicate the official re-opening dates. Here are some photos of the damage and the internal memo.

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Education in prison is a path to freedom

Prisoners who perform well can actually have their sentences commuted to a non-custodial status. In other words, they can be released early to go to university or find jobs on the outside.

Patrick Mwenda, the head officer at Naivasha, says the prison works with the high courts to review the cases of those prisoners who get high marks.

“We request them after the results are out to consider putting them on probation, those who are not serving very long sentences,” he says. “Out of that, others are encouraged to work hard.”

Mwenda says nine prisoners have been released since 2008 as a result of their academic performances.

But the rewards, so far, have only gone to prisoners serving relatively short sentences.

For those facing life imprisonment, and those who have exhausted their appeals, the only other recourse is Kenya’s Power of Mercy committee, established in 2011 to advise the president on pardoning convicts.

While acknowledging the difficulties of getting a pardon, Mwenda says the prison encourages students with longer sentences to build skills so they have a good record to show the committee.

“You better do something so that at least it can be seen that you are ready to join society out there, that you are working hard,” he says. “But if you’re not, then you will remain with us forever.”

Source: voanews.com

 

Dr. Joseph Kivilu named new KNEC CEO

Education CS Jacob Kaimenyi has named Dr. Joseph Kivilu as the new Kenya National Examination Council (KNEC) CEO. He was the acting KNEC boss after taking over from former CEO Mr Paul Wasanga.

Other candidates that were also up against Dr. Kivilu are Dr Joel Mabonga and Dr Diana Mwinzi. The Knec Act, 2013 stipulates that the CEO will serve a 5 year renewable contract.

Kwale men shamed in class by smart wives

Married men do not want to share adult education classrooms with their wives, the department of Adult Continuing Education has said.

Kwale County Adult and Continuing Education officer Arwings Owuor said many men feel ashamed when their wives outshine them in class.

He said embarassment has made majority of men stop attending classes. Speaking in his Kwale office yesterday he said the department has established separate classes for men and men.

Owuor said the country has 82 adult learning centers, but attendance is still low as many people have to travel long distances to class. He urged the government to establish more centers for adult learners.

Mt. Kenya University grew from Sh19,000

Mount Kenya University founder Simon Gicharu has been awarded an honorary doctor of science degree by Gulu University of Uganda.

The university recognised him for his contribution in science and education in East Africa. In his acceptance speech at the university on Saturday, Gicharu narrated his path to success and lessons others can learn.

He said he grew up an ordinary boy in Gathiruini village, Central Kenya. “Being the eldest in a family of six, my parents gave me many responsibilities, including taking care of my siblings and feeding the family cow. I experienced many challenges but my parents assured me the only hope in overcoming the challenges was education,” Gicharu said.

http://www.the-star.co.ke/news/article-195470/how-gicharu-started-mku-sh19000

School closed down due to flooding

Students of a secondary school in Nairobi have been sent home following heavy flooding that affected their institution after rains that were experienced in the city. Embakasi Girls secondary with more than 600 students was closed this morning after the management declared it was impossible to keep the students there. Principal Nancy Mutahi said their laboratory, dormitory, classes and other facilities were badly affected by the flooding.
“All emergency service providers responded but they could not help much and we decided to close until further notice. Only form four students will remain,” said Ms Mutahi.  She added students books were damaged by the flooding at the school that is run by the County Government of Nairobi.
The rains also affected traffic flow on major roads.  Most roads in Nairobi were flooded disrupting free flow of traffic including Mbagathi way, Bunyala Road, Ngong Road and Haile Selassie at Railways club where a tree fell blocking the road. Police blamed the situation on poor drainage and many potholes in the city.

What’s new about breasts?

For women, breasts are the biggest form of feminine representation. It is a part of the body that helps nurture life and as such plays a very big role in a woman’s life. However many are not aware of the changes that happen on the breasts and how it can affect their lives. Breast cancer is one of the major diseases that affect and kill women because of lack of information.

Breast cancer is Cancer that forms in tissues of the breast, creating uncontrolled growth in the breast cells. This is a disease that affects both men and women and so everyone needs to be breast aware. This means that one should always check on their breasts and body for red flags. Many people are also unaware that there are different types of breast cancer.

Look at your breasts and know, feel and tell the difference between what’s normal and what’s not. For example it’s normal for a woman to have swollen and painful breasts during ovulation and their periods but what happens when the pain is persistent? One should be able to tell the difference between a red flag and a normal occurrence.

If you still have your monthly period, perform the examination a few days after your period has ended. During this time, your breasts are less tender and less lumpy. If you are no longer menstruating i.e. in menopause, breast self-examination should be performed on the same day each month.

A self-check will help you see if there are any issues to be worried about. Watch out for lumps, clear discharge from your nipples, nipple change in size or color, rashes, redness, retracted nipples (inward) If you spot any of the above, see your doctor for further diagnosis.

Read more on: http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Breast-lump/Pages/Introduction.aspx