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  • 37 Primary Schools in Kenya get Libraries and Books to Boost Reading Culture

    Makueni 2Makueni County Government in Kenya in partnership with Shina Foundation and  Story Moja  Publishers are set to establish libraries in 37 Primary schools in the county.
     
    This disclosure was made by the  the First Lady of the county, Mrs. Nazi Kivutha.
     

    ''37 primary schools in Makueni will each acquire one thousand books courtesy of Shina Foundation, county government of Makueni and Story Moja publishers in phase 2 of “start a library initiative.  In 2016, the county government in partnership with Shina Foundation started 30 libraries in primary schools, one in every ward.

    ''The “start a library initiative’’ is a reading promotion program that enhances access to story books for children and seeks to root a deep reading culture in schools.

    School libraries have proved useful in enhancing learner’s literacy, improving interest in reading for pleasure as well as for examinations.

    I grew passion for the books initiative out of my soft spot for children. Consequently, I decided to spearhead the library program, as one of my programs through the foundation

    Reading improves the language and exposes the children. Therefore, it’s prudent for every one of us here to go back to the primary school that they attended and donate a book or begin a library.

    As we flag off the over 40,000 books to schools, I urge teachers to encourage pupils to develop a reading culture by using them. Books that are not read remain to be just papers'', the First lady stated.

    Mrs Kivutha maintained that  the program was an avenue to alleviate illiteracy in the county, adding “We have already trained our gatekeepers for two days and we hope for the best when the real job starts''.

  • Over 300, 000 trained Teachers Jobless in Kenya

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    Over 300,00 trained and registered Teachers in Kenya are without jobs.

    According to well informed sources in the Education Ministry, schools in the country are short of 96, 00 Teachers, with with primary schools  having  about 10 million pupils being short of 38,054 tutors and Secondary schools, with about 2.8 million students, have vacancies for 58,291 teachers.


    Following Government aggressive campaigns to achieve 100 per cent transition from primary school, there has been a high enrollment rate coupled with  the fact  that 9,472 women and 6,950 men applied for government teaching positions but were not employed.


     6,872 of  the applicants posses  Bachelor of Education while   1,596  had diplomas. Certificate holders seeking jobs in primary and pre-school schools accounted for  5,686.

     

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  • First Female Students Chairperson Elected in University of Nairobi

    A  300 level law undergraduate has become the first female chairperson of the University of Nairobi Students Association.

    Ms Ann Mwangi emerged after polling 24 votes to beat her  challengers, Samuel Ayoma whoe scored eight votes Ertiman Oile  scored 4 votes .

    The process was facilitated through the electoral college and was presided over by Prof. Mohamed Jamaa.

    Ms Mwangi will take over from Mr Antony Manyara who has been the chairman of the association since 2018.

    The election is the second after  the signing into law of the Universities Amendment Act in 2016 by President Uhuru Kenyatta.

     The Act states that  the students association is to be governed by a student council comprising a chairperson and a vice chairperson who must be of the opposite gender, a treasurer, a secretary-general, and three other members to represent special interests of students.

    Those elected in leadership positions must reflect national diversity and the council cannot have more than two-thirds of its members being of the same gender.

  • 6 Women Appointed Police Commanders in Kenya

    KenyaThe Police in Kenya has appointed six women as County Police Commanders.

    The names of the women were announced on Monday by the Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet at a security meeting at Flamingo Hotel in Mombasa.
     

    Dr. Interior CabiThe six female county police commanders are Naomi Ichami (Bomet), Leah Ngutu (Kirinyaga), Catherine Mugwe (Nyamira), Lydia Ligami (Kitui), Beatrice Gachago (Kajiado) and Esther Seroney (Homa Bay)

    In his remarks at the meeting, Inspector General of Police said "We are going to have 46 commanders. We don't have a county commander for Nairobi because the regional commander is the county commander. That has been the tradition over the years".

  • Kenyans Oppose same Uniform for Students

    Kenyan are expressing reservations over the plans of government to introduce a single uniform for all student in the country.

    They insist that the action ogf government would encourage corruption, politcal patronage and favoritism.

    Ghana and Tnazania are among the few countries in Africa that have implemented the policy, where students in all public schools wear the same uniform,  that is only differentiated by badges.

    Not long ago the Principal Secretary of Education, Dr. Bell Kipsang amde government's intention known at a forum at the Moi University owned Rivatex company.

    "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" Dr Kipsang  disclosed.

  • Kenyans Oppose same Uniform for Students

    Kenyans  have risen against the plan of Government to enforce the wearing of identical uniforms by students in all the schools in the country.

    They insist that the policy will encourage corruption and favoritism.

    Ghana and Tanzania  are among the few countries in Africa with  policies where students in all public schools wear same uniform that are only differentiated by school badges.

     Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Education, Dr. Belio Kipsang made government's plan known during a forum  at the Moi University owned Rivatex company
    "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" Dr Kipsang  disclosed.

  • Kenya : Busia Governor, Two Others Arraigned for Fraud

    Busia Governor, Sospeter Ojaamong and three County Ministers  were on Wednesday arraigned before the Milimani, Nairobi, Anti-Corruption Court on a 7 count charge of corruption.

    Before now the accused persons had been detained at the Integrity Centre -the headquarters of the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC).

     Others arraigned alongside the Governor are Mr Bernard Yaite, Mr Allan Ekweny and Mr Samuel Ombui, who are County Ministers.

    Charges against them include defrauding the County of Sh 8 million.

    Other charges are abuse of office, conspiracy to commit an economic crime and engaging in a project without proper planning.

     

    Also, they were charged for  willful failure to comply with the law relating to management of public funds and fraudulent acquisition of public property.

    The accused persons peladed not guilty to the charges.

     

     

  • Prices of Local Sugar Go Up in Kenya

    As the Kenyan Government intensifies its clampdown on contraband products, traders have increased the prices of local sugar.

     A kilo of sugar  in western Kenya now sells for between Sh10 and Sh20.

    Consumers now avoid brands from factories that have links with  the controversial importation of sugar. A 50kg bag of Sony sugar now goes for Sh5,500, up from Sh4,300.

     The Government had two weeks ago, seized a consignment of contraband sugar  in a warehouse in Eastleigh, Nairobi.