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10,000 PRINCIPALS AND DEPUTIES SET TO BE PROMOTED FEBRUARY 9TH 2017
The Teachers Service Commission has shortlisted 10,000 teachers who include principals, headmasters, and deputies in both primary and secondary schools. The Teachers are to attend interviews in various counties across the country.10, 000 teachers were picked out of 20,057 teachers who had applied for the positions which will see them promoted to Job Groups K, M and N. The new recruitment policy was launched last year after the TSCstopped promoting teachers based on the number of years in service.
KCPE AND KCSE TO BE REPLACED IN NEW SCHOOL SYSTEM JANUARY 31ST 2017
A new system was introduced yesterday that will replace the 844 system. The new system will not have exams but will be replaced by continuous test under a new and more flexible structure that places more emphasis on talents and interests. The new system is crafted around three levels early, middle and senior schools. In the framework, the curriculum requires pupils to join pre primary at the ages of four and five followed by lower primary at between six and nine years. Middle school will comprise upper primary and junior school while graduates of junior school will branch out to senior school, tertiary or higher education depending on their competencies.
KNUT SECRETARY GENERAL SAYS KCSE RESULTS WERE COOKED JANUARY 9TH 2016
Knut Secretary General Wilson Sossion claims that the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education results released last month by Fred Matiangi were cooked,he said this to journalists at the Knut Headquatres yesterday demanding a aforensic audit on the results and the processses terming it as a stage managed scandal.Mr Sossion further insisted that an independent forensic audit by an international organisation should be commisioned to investigate the mattter and that results are to be recalled and reprocessed and anomalies unearthed.
PRIVATE SCHOOLS DIFFER WITH TEACHERS UNION
The Kenya Private schools association has opposed the calling by teachers to remark last years national exam.The associations CEO Peter Ndoro said that it was wrong for the opposition and union officials to put blame on Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiangi for poor perfomance.Mr Ndoro said the private sector was satisfied with the results and appauded the Education CS for curbing examination malpractices.
FORM ONE RESULTS OUT TODAY DECEMBER 13TH 2016
Students joining the 103 national schools will be announced today.The event will be at Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development offices and will be presided over by Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiangi.There are 780,000 slots to be allocated to 942,021 learners.The selection has been ongoing for the week since KCPE results were released on December 1st.The selected candidates will be expected to report to school on January 9.The selection will also ensure that children from disadvantaged backgrounds continue with their education said education CS.
KCPE MARKING STARTS NOVEMBER 14TH 2016
Yesterday 5000 examiners began marking the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education papers in Nairobi,Muranga and Kiambu the results are expected to be released before Christmas,952,473 candidates sat for the examination across the country between November 1st and November 3rd.The Goverment also applauded Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiangi for curbing exam cheating and leakage of the examination.
TSC AND KNUT AGREE ON PAY OCTOBER 26TH 2016
The Teachers Service Commision and teachers today signed the Collective Bargaining Agreement that will see teachers earn high salaries starting July,however the salary increase percentage remained a guarded secret with both KNUT and TSC declining to disclose it.The New Collective Bargaining Agreement will come into effect next year and will last till 2021.The lowest paid teacher will earn 21,000 and 100,000 teachers will be promoted.TSC is set to start talks today with Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers(KUPPET).
PRINCIPALS WANT CLARITY ON EXAM ROLE FOR TEACHERS OCTOBER 10TH 2016
KNUT Secretary General Wilson Sossion asked the goverment on behalf of headteachers to clarify the order on teachers remaining in school,There is confusion on what teachers will be doing remaining in school when students are at home as they have been linked to cheating.Kenya Secondary School Heads Association Vice Chairman says Principals would implement the goverment directive to ensure credibility of the national examination.Secondary School Headteachers have agreed to get national examination papers from collection centres despite opposition from KNUT.
TEACHERS TO REMAIN IN SCHOOL DURING EXAMS OCTOBER 7TH 2016
Teachers Service Commission Chief Executive Nancy Macharia told school principals to ensure all teachers reported to school as usual until examinations end.The Kenya Certificate of Primary Education and the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education test will start on November 1 and 7.The Kenya National Examination Council also asked parents to help police and teachers to guard containers with examination papers.
TEACHERS DEMAND INCLUSION OCTOBER 5TH 2016
Secondary School teachers demand for inclusion of car and home loans as talks for higher salaries started yesterday,they say the goverment pledged to offer car and mortgage loans but have not fulfilled this yet.Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (Kuppet) chairman Omboko Milemba also asked the goverment to help in medical schemes.During the talks the Teachers Service Comission sought more time to present its counter offer.
NEW TEACHERS TO BE HIRED AUGUST 17TH 2016
More than 7000 teachers are to be hired to fill the 85,000 shortage.Candidates have 10 days to apply by August 26 the deadline.Out of the 7,000,1,125 teachers will be posted in Secondary School and 3,775 teachers will be posted in Primary School.An additional 2,157 teachers will be hired to replace teachers who have left the service through death and retirement, 1,681 of this will be to primary schools and 539 in scools and colleges.
15,000 TEACHERS UP FOR PROMOTION AUGUST 11TH 2016
The goverment has allocated Sh2.2billion for 15,000 teachers in goverment schools that are set up for immediate promotions,6000 of the beneficiaries are ordinary teachers,while 4000 are principals in Job Group N explained Nancy Macharia Teachers Sevice Comission Chief Executive.The promotions will be carried out at the end of the month,Another 5,500 teachers who took the teachers to make a point of regulary visiting the TSC website for updates and promotion opportunities.
TEACHERS SPEAK OUT ON OCTOBER AGREEMENT
KNUT Secretary General Wilson Sossion says the ongoing negotiations for the 2017-2011 period set to be concluded in October must have a component of bigger teachers salary increase,adressing the participants at the Kenya Primary Schools Head Teachers Association(Kepsha) in Mombasa Mr Sossion also accused the goverment of failing to disburse money to schools on time.He said that without the capitation cash,the running of schools becomes a major challenge.
BILL ON RANKING OF SCHOOLS APPROVED AUGUST 5TH 2016
Mps Yesterday approved a bill passed in parliament on Wednesday which seeks to reintroduce ranking of schools in national examinations,however the ranking will take into account the schools category.This is designed to ensure that schools are ranked according to the level of facilities at their disposal so as to bring out unique challenges of schools and inform policy decisions on resource allocations,it also includes ranking for the first time in terms of perfomance in co curricular activities such as sports and drama.However two teachers union have differed sharply Kuppet and a civil society organisation Elimu Yetu Coalition have opposed the Bill while the Kenya National Union of Teachers have supported it,Many experts have questioned who ranking of schools serves.Mrs Ouko said parliament should make laws on how equity can be acheived in all schools.
28 STUDENTS CHARGED OVER ARSON AUGUST 4TH,2016
28 students from Langata Boys and Sunshine High have been charged over causing unrest in schools,they were charged with destroying property worth 5 million,13 of the 20 were charged with arson and conspiracy to torch the school between July 6th and 24th,they denied the charges.The suspected arsonists were charged before senior principal Magistrate Martha Mutuku who released the suspects on bond.Seven of the students were converted State witnesses and the charges withdrawn before children court chief magistrate Ms Lucy Gitari.
EDUCATION STAKEHOLDERS ADDRESS ARSON ATTACKS JULY 29TH,2016
The number of schools whose buildings have gone up in smoke in under three months has risen to 116.Education chiefs insist teaching will continue and closure remains on August 12 the official closing day.In a meeting of headteachers,religious leaders and the National Cohesion and Integration Commission in Nairobi,which was chaired by Dr Matiangi resolved that schools should remain open until the closing date.Deputy President Wiliam Ruto reiterated that schools will not be closed supporting the Education minister.Mr Ruto blamed the burning of schools on crooks and criminals saying the goverment will dela with them firmly.However Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (kuppet)said they have given the education chiefs seven days to close schools or they will not teach.
THE stakeholders meeting at the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development Maintained that 99% of the 9,300 secondary schools were running normally and that those involved in the arson were too few to necessitate the closure.Students from across the country blamed the torching on the Education ministry for preventing exam cheating.This supports the views of Education Cabinet Secretary Matiangi who says cheating cartels are fanning the fire.
HEADTEACHERS CALL FOR CRISIS TALKS JULY 26,2016
Finger pointing game has caused headteachers to call for a crisis meeting with goverment officials following the wave of Arson attacks ,Chairmen from all 47 counties will also be part of the scrutiny of information to come up with a solution.Headteachers stated they were disturbed with the fires spreading across schools throughout the country.Kenya Secondary Schools Headteachers Association chairman John Awiti said they are reaching out to all stakeholders for a solution.Education CS Fred Matiangi in an interview yesterday maintained that no school would be closed early as demanded by teachers unions saying that it would postpone the problem rather than solve it.
STUDENTS CHARGED OVER ARSON ATTACKS JULY 22ND 2016
130 students have been charged for burning down dormitories in their schools,the goverment has admitted that apart from students,criminals were also involved in arson attacks.The suspects were charged in various courts across the country as four more schools were torched yesterday .Teachers who were implicated were also seized by police.In Taita Taveta four students were arrested on suspision that they were planning to burn the school.
TEAM FORMED TO INVESTIGATE ARSON JULY 21ST 2016
The goverment has appointed a 8 member team to investigate the arson attacks that have hit public boarding schools across the country.Atleast 73 schools have been torched this term.The team has members from the Interior and Education ministries and will be led by career provincial administrator Mrs Claire Omolo,Secretary administrator at the Presitents office.The team will be required to review recommendations of past task forces on students unrest assess,implementation and suggest ways of incorporating some of the proposals as it audits school safety and security.
EDUCATION CABINET SECRETARY SHIFTS BLAME JULY 20TH 2016
Following the ongoing wave of school unrest Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiangi shifted blame to headteachers yesterday, at a senate committee hearing on Education he said that unrest should be blamed on unfocused structures with management in schools and lack of harmony between principals,their deputies and teachers and that some school managers lacked commitment.To diminish the problem Dr Matiangi said that there will be a comprehensive review of all headteachers and that those not meeting the standard will be replaced.The education ministry is also working on a proposal that compels parents of students involved to pay for the destruction instisting that no goverment funds will be used for reconstruction,schools will also require a visit from the ministry of health and officers from public works to determine if learning should continue.The Ministry of Education is working with the Ministry of Interior to pursue such cases to logical conclusion and prosecute where necessary.
MORE SCHOOLS UP IN FLAMES JULY 19TH 2016
There has been a fresh round of arson atacks bringing the numbers of schools that have been burnt to 70 this term alone.KNUT Secretary General Wilson Sossion has blamed Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiangi for the unrest in public boarding schools and the country,Schools have been closed following the wave of arson attacks.
NEW TERM DATES BLAMED FOR UNREST IN SCHOOLS JULY 14TH 2016
In the past 18 months, 122 schools have gone on rampage leading to massive destruction of property.Teachers have stepped pressure on Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiangi to review the contested new term dates after wave of school fires in various counties has continued.Kenya Parents Teachers Association Chairman Nathan Barasa agreed with the teachers saying the extenson of the term has contributed to the mess.Kena Secondary Schools Heads Association(Kessha) also got into the issue yesterday absolving its members of blame for school unrest,The association is expected to meet with the Cabinet Secretary to discuss the issue.
POWER SET UP IN SCHOOLS TO BE COMPLETED BY NEXT MONTH JULY 6TH 2016
Only 247 schools are remaining for power setup,the goverment has said this will be complete by next month,this is to enhance the Jubilee goverment initiative for laptops for pupils in public schools.Rural Electrification Authority Chairman Simon Gicharu says that the said schools were identified much later as they were not included in the initial data given to Authority,he also said he would ensure no school is left out
THE KENYA SECONDARY SCHOOL HEADS ASSOCIATION (KESSHA) CONFERENCE.
The 41st edition of The Kenya Secondary School Association (KESSHA) conference was held between 20-24th of June at Wild Waters in Mombasa. The event was attended by principals from public secondary schools all over country. Elimu`s staff were in attendance to offer services and with great success. We were able to engage the schools and other clients on products such as Elimu Financial Systems, Elimu Grading Systems, Elimu Websites, advertising and vouchers for our E-library.
KNEC STAFF VETTING COMPLETE JUNE 14TH,2016
Four hundred and six staff members of the Kenya National Examination Council have been vetted,those found culpable will be sacked and only those with clean track records will be retained while those who did not meet the integrity threshold would be ejected this was revealed by Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiangi.This is a move to curb cheating in schools the govt has already sent home 11 top managers at the Kenya National Examination Council.
STUDENT UNREST BLAMED ON NEW RULES JUNE 13TH,2016
Teachers say students are angered over the extension of the second term.Wilson Sossion KNUT Secretary General said it was unreasonable for the Ministry of Education to keep students in school from May to late October.This is in relation to the burning of schools and dormitories in the last two weeks,last month Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiangi reorganised the school calender and banned all social activity in the third term,he also shortened the exam period from six weeks for four weeks.
BUDGET ALLOCATION FOR EDUCATION JUNE 9TH,2016
Goverment keen on fully implementing the school laptop programme,a total of Sh 13.4 billion for the Digital Literacy Programme.Stil in the Education sector Sh 4.5 billon goes to recruitment and promotion of teachers,with Sh 2.8 billion for the second phase of the teachers house allowance.
Meanwhile,Sh 32.4 billion has been allocated for free day secondary education while 14.7 billion for free primary education.
TEACHERS SUFFER ANOTHER HEAVY BLOW MAY 30TH,2016
Teachers have suffered another major setback after the Teachers Service Commision offered 0% raise in the latest counter offer.Besides Knut,Kuppet has also gotten the same offer from TSC.KNUT Secretary General Wilson Sossion has remained tight lipped concerning the offer,the Union has also not commented on the offer made to them by TSC,this leaves a question of whether allowances have been increased.A team was formed to study the proposed will and have arranged to meet tomorrow to analyse the offer.The offer was also discussed by the unions top decision making organ the National Executive Council.
ANTI GRAFT REPORT REVEALS HOW TEACHERS STEAL SCHOOL MONEY MAY 26TH,2016
A report was presented to Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiangi yesterday that showed headteachers and school boards are misusing free primary education cash on sitting allowances,overseas trips and other irregular activities.The fraud ranges from forging of signatures,delivery of ghost books,overpricing and single sourcing of supplies.Dr Matiangi said the goverment would from next year unveil a new system which will capture details on enrollment and disbursment with parents also being able to check on how much has been allocated to their school each year,he said the the goverment would reconstitute school audits units because the current system had failed and also train school heads on how to use resources allocated to them properly.Since its introduction Free Primary Education has spent Sh 100 billion.
NATIONAL PARENTS ASSOCIATION TO BE FORMED MAY25TH,2016
Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiangi has announced that a new parents association is to be formed,the association will have representatives from all 47 counties he said he would expect to meet parents` delegates from all the counties who will then elect their respective leaders this is a move to start an association with parents and headteachers this comes after he dismissed the Kenya National Parents Association saying it is non-inclusive and unlawful.
OUTRAGE AGAINST MATIANGI SCHOOL RULES MAY 20TH,2016
Parents,leaders and churches have opposed the new school rules outlawed by education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiangi saying that they would end up hurting the candidates rather than helping to put an end to exam leakage.The Kenya National Association of Parents and Teachers have accused Dr Matiangi of overstepping and changing the school calendar without involving them.
NEW RULES FOR SCHOOLS TO STOP EXAM LEAKAGE MAY 18TH,2016
Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiangi outlawed all non-academic activities including prayer days and prize giving ceremonies during the third term ,to cut contact between candidates and outsiders.He also shortened the period for the form four examination to four weeks from six weeks and put headteachers directly incharge of test in their respective schools.This he said was a move aimed to curb exam leakage in schools.The Kenya Secondary School headteachers association chairman John Awiti has applauded the move and vowed to fully support it.
TEACHERS TO UNDERGO RETRAINING AFTER 5 YEARS MAY 16TH,2016
Chief Executive Officer Nancy Macharia said that the 350,000 teachers in Public and Private school will now be required to undergo professional training after every five years as part of reforms introduced to better the quality of education ,she also urged school boards of management not to hire teachers who have been deregistered due to misconduct.The process is aimed at keeping teachers abreast with new developments in subject content,teaching methods,leadership and resource allocations.
HELB REQUIRES MORE FUNDS FOR NEXT YEAR
The Higher Education Loans Board requires about 2 billion to run its affairs effectively for the next financial year.The Chief Executive Charles Ringera said 10 billion will be loaned to students and 1billion will be for operational costs,this comes after the National Treasury allocated it 9.1 billion up from last years 7.5 billion.Mr Ringera also called for beneficiaries to repay their loans.
GOVERMENT IMPLEMENTS LAPTOP PROJECT MAY4TH,2016
Teachers have started introducing their pupils to laptops during the first day of the second term,The Jubilee administration has fulfilled its pledge to give laptops to free primary education.Students in various parts of the country starting from class one were issued with new tablets today.The computer project is set to see all pupils with laptops by the end of the year.
PARENTS CONCERNED OVER HIGH FEES MAY 3RD,2016
Schools reopen today with concern by parents from both private and public schools concerned about high school fees with high economic times.This also comes as as several schools around the country are affected by the floods as a result to the heavy rains,there is also the looming possibility of a strike by teachers in July,stakeholders urged the goverment to settle teachers woes and also asked the goverment to release funds to schools.
MATIANGI SEEKS NEW SCHOOL BOOKS SUPPLY APRIL 27TH,2016
Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiangi says that the state has not yet arrived at an alternative model for distributing books to public schools that would be fool proof against graft.He has called for stakeholder engagement in order to review current process with the multiple suppliers he said the current model must be reformed as it was bleeding the state of billions of shillings.The CS invited colleguesto chart the way forward saying they cannot be losing money the way they have been,Book Sellers have resistant to new calls to review the model,this comes after the current system has been abused and manipulated becoming a rogue train for rogue head teachers and book sales.
SALARIES FOR TEACHERS ACCOUNT FOR LARGEST AMOUNT IN GOVERMENT SPENDING APRIL14TH,2016
Report on spending released by The Controller of Budgets showed Salaries for Teachers as the largest chunk,pay of teachers has been a major public policy issue in the past one year with salary incriment talks still ongoing.A total of sh 85.9 billion was used to pay teachers between June and December last year.
NUMBER OF STUDENT ENROLMENT DOUBLES APRIL 13TH,2016
Enrollment in Secondary Schools more than doubled from 40 per cent to 88 per cent between 2000 and 2014,while the number of years students stay in school have significantly risen.Devolution Cabinet Secretary Mwangi Kiunjuri said Kenya was on track towards attaining three of the sustainable Development goals with quality education winning the war on School droupout rate.
UNIVERSITIES ORDERED TO INSTALL ELECTRONIC STUDENT REGISTER APRIL 12TH,2016
Universities have been ordered to install electronic student registers.All universities and their constituent colleges have been given 120 days to develop an electronic register to ensure they capture all the details of their learners,including the courses they are persuing and their year of study .The directive by Dr Matiangi is meant to ensure safety at the institutions especially against terrorism.
PRIVATE VARSITIES TO ENROLL STATE-FUNDED STUDENTS APRIL 8TH,2016
In the 2015 Kenya Certificate of Primary Education 165,766 candidates attained the minimum university entry qualificationof C+ and above however the placement body has announced that only 74,389 will join public universities in September up from 67,790 last year,th rest will have to join private universities or tertiary colleges,Goverment sponsered students will now be admitted to private universities as the authorities seek to adress conjestion at public institutions of higher learning,Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiangi said he had asked Kenyan Universities and colleges Central Placement Service to prepare a report on how the students will be admitted to the universities from September.
PRESIDENT IN HIS STATE OF THE NATION ADDRESS MARCH 31ST,2016
President Kenyatta today addressed the nation and talked at length about the education sector he said his administration has already began consulting stakeholders to gain their assent and support for the proposed changes to the 844 system this would help maintain high standards and that Kenya`s qualifications are globally acceptable ,he said the goverment was working to restore the integrity of the exam system he said he is working towards no pupils lack place sin form one selection and that no child is left uneducated.
TEACHERS AND POLICE WORKED TOGETHER TO STEAL EXAMS MARCH 29TH,2016
A confidential goverment report revealed that the main source of leaked national examination papers last year was a teacher in Mandera county, this he did with the help of police officers in the county and a student from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology,The reports questions the wisdom of using police stations as storage centres for exam papers and addreses the weakness of the Knec seals systems.The teacher approached a policeman who then broke the seal and took pictures of the exam papers and resealed the papers this was done for 60,000 a week.During this period the teacher earned about 1.5 million,however the teacher burned both his phone and ipad which was considered evidence which makes it hard for investigators to effectively prosecute.
CABLE HURDLE IN SCHOOL LAPTOP PROJECT MARCH 14TH,2016
Cabinet Secretary for Information,Communication and Technology Joe Mucheru asked Kwale,Nyandarua and Kajiado counties to relax their stringent measures that are hindering last mile computer companies from laying fibre optic cable in their cable.He warned that the three counties may be locked out of schools free laptop programme.The goverment has set aside sh 2.6billion for the purchase of furniture that will be used for the laptop project.
KABARAK EMERGES TOP NATIONALY IN KCSE EXAMS MARCH 4TH,2016
Moi High School Kabarak students topped exams with a mean score of 11.66 followed by Maseno second and Alliance third in the national league.This years perfomance mirrored last years perfomance more or less.There were 165,766 candidates who scored grade C+ and above which is the minimum university entry requirement ,however the number of candidates with A went down from 3.073 in 2014 to 2,636 last year.
FREE SCHOOL FAILS TO KEEP MORE CHILDREN IN SCHOOL MARCH 3RD,2016
74% of pupils who enrolled in class one in 1995 did not make it to form 4 in 2006,58% of those enrolled in class one in 2004 did not make it to form four in 2015.Only two out of every five students reach form four these are among the many statistics that have faced the education system despite the fact that free primary education was supposed to end the despair of dropping out of school for lack of this however this has seen an increase in the completion rate with many still droping out
GOOD NEWS FROM KNEC FEBRUARY 23RD,2016
Students who wish to resit national examinations will be able to do so alot sooner than in previous years,This comes after new exam rules lift burden on students and allows them now to resit the exams right after the results are released,this also applies to students who may have missed the exams for reasons such as illness and cancellation for exams already sat on.Before the students waited an year to re-sit the examinations,they also announced that the time taken to remark examination will be reduced to two months from the date of release,currently it takes 90 days or more for remarking.
TEACHERS MUST SIGN CONTRACTS FEBRUARY 22ND,2016
The Public Service Comission has come out and informed KNUT and KUPPET that all teachers must sign perfomance contracts.The comissions chairman Margaret Kobia says teachers like all other civil servants must be ready to be appraised,the contract is to be used as an accountability measure,she said it was the task of the Teachers Service Commission to sit down with teachers and agree on the mode of perfomance contracts that can apply,she said changes in the public service should be embraced,however KNUT Secretary General Wilson Sossion asked teachers not to participate in the appraisal.
PREACHERS VISITING SCHOOLS TO BE VETTED FEBRUARY 17TH,2016
Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiangi wants preachers to be vetted by religious leaders before attending sermons in Schools.He also expressed the need for a review of the religious education and curriculum across so that it can impart inter faith values this he said while adressing the supreme Council of Kenya Muslims,he also asked all religious leaders and teachers to join hands in fighting radicalisation of students.
PILOT PHASE IN LAPTOP STARTS ON MONDAY FEBRUARY 16TH,2016
Class one pupils in 150 schools will recieve laptops starting Monday next week as the free laptop project commences.The pilot phase involves JKUAT and Moi University providing servers,routers and laptops.The number of laptop to be released on the first batch will be 600,000 by June.The interior ministry has been asked to help with ensuring the safety of the gadgets if the need arises.
MOI UNIVERSITY AND JKUAT WIN LAPTOP TENDER FEBRUARY 10TH,2016
The bid to deliver laptops for Jubilee`s flagship project of 2013 was jointly won by Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and its partner Positivo BGH and Moi University and its partners JP SA Couto.Moi university will oversee the supply ,installation and commisioning of the Digital learning for all schools in 26 counties while JKUAT will do the same for the remaining 21 counties,The first delivery of laptops should be implemented by June.Teachers have already been trained and the curriculum prepared to accomodate digital learning,however the suppliers are first required to demonstrate their ability in May by connecting 150 schools in both rural and urban schools within the 47 counties.
UNIVERSITY OF NAIROBI TOPS LIST FEBRUARY 1ST,2016
University of Nairobi has topped the list as the best university in Kenya and number six in the whole of Africa,this is according to The Higher Education(THE) and the Journal Consortium.The ranking was conducted in January 2016 by webometrics in which over 24,000 institutions were ranked.UON was number 697 in the world.The universities that followed were Egerton University,Moi University,Kenyatta University and Strathmore.
SCHOOLS IN SPOTLIGHT OVER ENROLLMENT SCANDAL JANUARY 25TH,2016
The Education ministry is investigating schools in regions such as Nairobi,Kiambu,Kajiado and Machakos for allegedly inflating enrollment figures.The Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiangi emphasised that this financial year 32.9 billion has been set aside to cater for students in Secondary School while sh 14 billion will support pupils in public primary school.
24,000 schools may lose land to grabbers due to lack of title deeds or lease certificates,a study reveals.588 public schools are unsure if they have the proper documentation allowing them to possess land on which they already sit.
FORM ONE SELECTION STARTS TODAY JANUARY 21ST,2016
Students who sat for the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education will from today know which secondary schools they are joining,This will be launched by Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiangi,This years numbers have risen with last year having 696,000 and this year having 30,000 more pupils making the total this year rise to 730,000 pupils.The Minister will also highlight new education reforms meant to curb corruption in schools during the admission stages.
TSC TO EMPLOY NEW HEADS FOR SECONDARY SCHOOL JANUARY 12TH,2016
34 new deputy principals will be employed in the Nakuru county to fill vacancies arising from retirement.MOST principals and and deputies have attained the mandatory retirement age after the govt pushed the ceiling from 55 to 60 years the new deputy principals would be deployed in Kuresoi.
The Teacher Service comission has started appraising more then 298,000 teachers for perfomance .it will use this appraisal to assign,train,promote and deploy teachers to various administrative positions.Heads of institutions will be assesed on resource management ,service delivery,maintenance of teaching standards,integrity and national values.
STUDENTS AND PRINCIPALS WARNED OF CONMEN BY KNEC JANUARY 7TH,2016
Students who previously finished their form 4 education have been warned by KNEC to stay clear of conmen who are claiming to influence the outcome of their exam results.The Kenya National Examination Council James Kivilu also warned the principals who were being told that they could prevent their results from being cancelled for irregularities or help them secure good grades.Both Students and Principals have been asked to ignore and report such incidences.
STUDENT LOSING PATIENCE OVER HELB LOANS JANUARY 6TH,2016
First year students who have just joined university will have to wait longer for helb loans,this comes after the National Treasury failed to release Sh 4billion to the Higher Education Loans Board.Charles Ringera said that the number of students waiting for their first year funds were 62,000,he went ahead to say that the board is hoping to collect about 3.6billion by the end of this year from former beneficiaries he however said the collections should not be used to sponsor first year students.
UNION TO FIND AN ALTERNATIVE TO GET DUES FROM TEACHERS DECEMBER 9TH,2015
Teachers to step up fight for Union cash,they have accused their employer of frustrating them by withholding union dues and are looking for alternative ways of collecting the revenue.KNUT Secretary General Wilson Sossion said new strategies are being sought to elevate the fight for union dues.
The TSC has withheld union dues for August in bad faith,he said they needed to explore alternative mechanism of collecting the money ,saying it has caused delayed staff salries and consequent disruptions in union operations.
EDUCATION CABINET SECRETARY FAULTED OVER TEACHERS PAY ORDER DECEMBER 2ND,2015
A senior official at the Teachers Service Commision has accused Dr Matiang`i of interfering with the commisions independence by directing that it pays teachers the September salaries.The official said that the CS had no mandate to order them to pay teachers as the matter was still pending in court,This comes after Dr Matiang`i promised teachers their September pay on Sunday which TSC was reluctant to release.
TEACHERS TO RECIEVE SEPTEMBER PAY NOVEMBER 30TH,2015
Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiangi has said TSC will pay teachers for September salaries starting today.TSC has to prepare a payroll for the teachers who missed their salaries and submit it to the Treasury before money is released.More than 245,000 teachers missed their September salaries for particpating in a strike,their employer TSC released payment for only 42,973 who were in school during the strike period.
KNUT ABANDONS COURT BATTLE NOVEMBER 20TH,2015
Knut has abandoned the 50-60% pay rise court battle and will now start a new round of salary negotiations.This comes after the unions top officials met with the president at State House two weeks ago.The Teachers Service Commision is also required to relaease the Teachers September and October Salary,Although Knut Secretary General Wilson Sossion was not in the meeting he expressed that he was happy that the president intervened and it would put an end to the perennial teachers strikes.
The State house deal requires that Salaries team be involved in the negotiations which has led to a meeting on wednesday where Union officials will meet TSC,Kuppet will also be in attendance.
14 TEACHERS ARRESTED OVER KCPE EXAM LEAK NOVEMBER 13TH,2015
In Busia and Mombasa counties 14 teachers were arrested for leaking KCPE papers to students,the arrests happened as the education ministry said it would audit the exam production to address leakages.The leaked papers were of Mathematics ,English and composition that apeared similar to KCPE exam papers that were done a day before.The papers were shared via mobile phones using the social network whatsapp.The teachers who were arrested yeasterday were relaeased today on a sh 500,000 bond with a surety or a sh 200,000 cash bail.
UHURU CALLS FOR HARMONY IN EDUCATION SECTOR NOVEMBER 11TH,2015
President Uhuru Kenyatta intervened in the the teachers pay dispute and askes TSC to pay the September salaries,he also directed that the 42,973 teachers who worked during the one month strike be paid extra allowances.The decision was made after the President held talks at statehouse with the Deputy President William Ruto,Education Cabinet Secretary Jacob Kaimenyi,TSC Chairperson Lydia Nzomo and KNUT chairperson Mudzo Nzili.Mr Kenyatta assured the citizens that the agreements they reached will ensure the era of strikes comes to an end.
TSC FAILS TO COLLECT FUNDS FOR UNION FROM TEACHERS OCTOBER 28TH,2015
The TSC dealt KNUT and KUPPET a huge blow by refusing to collect union dues on their behalf.The employer deducts payment directly from teachers salaries monthly,the decision will make it next to impossible for KUPPET and KNUT to get the union dues directly from the teachers.They collect about 2 billion annually and 135 million monthly from KNUT and 35 MILLION from KUPPET.KNUT largely depends on this contributions and some union branches are said to face closure due to lack of funds for operational cost and rent.
POLICE TO BLAME FOR LEAKAGE OCTOBER 27TH,2015
Police accused of role in massive exam leak of national examination.This was from Sabina Chege Chairperson of the National Assembly Education Comittee.Police spokesman Charles Owino has however denied claims that officers were involved in the Kenya Certificate Secondary Education exam paper leakage,Fourteen teachers Seventy Nine students and two police officers have been arrested allegedly for leaking the papers.
NEW RULES FOR FORM ONE SELECTION OCTOBER 23RD,2015
The top five standard eight pupils from private and public schools will get automatic national school admissions.This guidlines were launched yesterday by Education CS Jacob Kaimenyi,the gidlines are set to increase the number of students from sub counties who will join national schools from three to five.Tjhe 103 national schools have been grouped into four clusters based on their human resource and infrastructure a candidate will be expected to choose from each category.
TEACHERS THREATEN TO SUE TSC OCTOBER 12TH,2015
The Kenya National Union of Teachers will today hold a meeting with its lawyer to know the way forward after TSC failed to deposit last months salary in the teachers account,However TSC is set to appeal some of the court rulings issued last week,the comission also says some of the teachers havent gone back to school as per the court order.Mr Sossion however said that the lack of last months payment that was due on Friday has demotivated teachers,he said if the issue wasnt attended to it would affect the final form four examinations.TSC remains adamant that it will pay September salaries to only the 40,000 principals,deputies and heads of departments who were working during the strike.
FIVE WEEK TEACHERS STRIKE ENDS OCTOBER 5TH,2015
Teachers have today resumed teaching with students who were sent home reporting back to school to start on their third and final term of the year,the strike ended on Friday 2nd October.The Disgruntled teachers report back to work uncertain of their September salaries after five week strike,with the Teachers Service Comission showing no indication of paying.
E-KITABU PRIZE GIVING SEPTEMBER 23RD,2015
Today marked the prize giving of the recently concluded eKitabu Digital Annual Essay Competitions.The Competition is hosted by Ekitabu and Elimu Holdings.The event saw numerous teachers and students recieve prizes.The panel of guests was comprised of heads of the various organizations represented,It is in its third year running,it was a great success this year with the number of both teachers and students(both primary and secondary)rise.In attendance were various kenyan publishing firms ,technology based firms and others that have been proud sponsors since its inception.
NO SEPTEMBER PAY FOR TEACHERS SEPTEMBER 25TH,2015
Teachers Service Comission issued a statement that teachers on strike will not recieve their September pay,this comes after the teacher strike has hit four weeks seeing the end of September without learning,Those on strike will now depend on the return-to-work formula should the strike be called off.
Today the Labour Court will decide the fate for the month long strike on whether it was legal or not,TSC and the Attorney General on behalf of the goverment argued that the strike was unprotected and that teachers should go back to teaching.
UHURU RULES OUT HIGHER PAY FOR TEACHERS SEPTEMBER 21ST,2015
In a televised address from StateHouse yesterday the President ruled out pay rise for teachers saying doing so would result to a raise in the cost of living,This comes after the goverment ordered all schools shut late last week saying this is to ensure the safety of children and safeguard the property in schools,he also asked teachers to put children first and reconsider their stand on the strike and resume their teaching duties.
The president accused teachers of holding children hostage inorder to wage demands,he also said teachers in public schools earn higher salaries compared to their counterparts in private schools yet,private schools perform better and that teachers were paid the same as other public servants in the job group.This is the fourth week for the ongoing teachers strike.
DEPUTY PRESIDENT URGES TEACHERS TO CALL OFF STRIKE. SEPTEMBER 14TH,2015
Deputy President William Ruto tells striking teachers to report to work today without fail,Ruto told teachers to report to work today without fail,he also told teachers to respect both TSC and the Salaries and Remuneration Commission position that there was no money and that all public servants income should be harmonised ,According to Mr Ruto the goverment spends sh 1,400 on each pupil in public schools and another 13,000 for each student in Secondary day schools.
Opposition party ODM wants this years examination postponed due to the teachers strike,they said this as they asked teachers not to relent in their quest for better salaries.
The National assembly speakers Justin Muturi has ruled out reconvening the house early to discuss the ongoing teachers strike saying the dispute is already in court.
TEACHERS STRIKE APPROACHES THIRD WEEK SEPTEMBER 11TH,2015
The Teachers Service Comission started discplinary action against 2000 school heads on September 9th,they were asked to explain why school gates were locked and students turned away,this is admist a fresh row between Teachers and their employer which will be made on Tuesday next week.Mr Justice Nelson Aboudha said that issues raised by both sides have to be heard before a decision is made,Opposition leader Raila Odinga weighed in on the issue saying he supports the strike and that the goverment has the capacity to pay teachers and that it should stop lying it doesnt, but instead use the money set aside for National Youth Service projects to pay the teachers.
STALEMATE CONTINUES AS STRIKING TEACHERS ARE TO RECIEVE WARNING LETTERS SEPTEMBER 7TH,2015
Education County Directors have been ordered to issue warning letters to teachers who will not have reported to work today.Mary Rotich acting director of TSC Teacher Management asked the directors to intensify the monitoring of schools.Teachers however have vowed to continue with the ongoing strike,Knut Secretary General Wilson Sossion whoever mainted that no level of intimidation will make them relent and that the commision should ensure they get their higher pay as opposed to issuing threats.
CASE AGAINST TEACHERS UNION IN COURT TODAY SEPTEMBER 4TH,2015
A case filed by the teachers Service Commission challenging the ongoing strike will be heard today,The commision argues that the strike will paralyse learning for students in both primary and secondary as it interferes with the childrens right to education. Lawyer Geoffrey Obura said KNUT and KUPPET wrongly and unlawfully called for a strike because it violates labor laws.Meanwhile Knut sued the comissionn chairperson and its chief executive officer as well as the Cabinet and principal secretaries of Treasury and Labour for refusing to respect court orders for Higher pay
NO MONEY FOR TEACHERS SEPTEMBER 2ND ,2015
Yesterday marked the end of the deadline by Teachers union to receive their higher pay or strike,the unions asked teachers to not teach or even avail themselves to schools until their higher pay reflects.The National Treasury has ruled out teachers higher pay saying an appeal against the ruling is still pending,they told teachers to expect no extra cent saying they have no money to give the teachers and that the figures teachers were asking for had not be included in the financial year.The CS said borrowing money to pay teachers was not practical.Knut bosses have called talks to plan strike that started yesterday,Go Slow started as the third term of schools started.
GOVERMENT IN A TIGHT SPOT AUGUST 25TH,2015
Mps meet today to discuss teachers pay rise which puts goverment in a crisis.TSC will also need to raise sh 17billion between now and June 2016,The comission needs sh 72 billion to implement a four year payment plan for 288,060 teachers.
Mutava Musyimi chairman of the National Assembly Budget and Appropriation Commitee said they will discuss expected proposals from the National Treasury on financing the 50 percent pay increment.
Analysts say Treasury Cabinet Sectretary Henry Rotich has three options which are borrowing ,getting a grant or raising taxes.Sarah Serem Chairperson OF salaries and Remuneration comission said teachers do not deserve a salary increase saying thet they had harmonised all salaries and allowances,She accused teachers union of propagating lies to the public through the media,saying that teachers basic salaries are at par with the rest of the public servants.
TEACHERS CELEBRATE WIN AUGUST 24TH,2015
Teachers yesterday could not hide their joy as the supreme court declined to stop implementation of their new higher pay,they are set to enjoy a 50 percent and 60 percent increase.The lowest paid teacher would earn 26,707 up from 16,692.Wilson Sossion threatened unspecicified action if the payroll is not amended to reflect the increased pay.
Mr Paul Muite appearing for Knut said after the Supreme Court ruling they will be expecting the TSC to invite Knut and Kuppet today or tommorow ,so as to discuss how the enhanced salaries are going to be paid,he appealed to to the TSC to consider thousands of children in public schools.
UNIVERSITIES GIVEN 12 MONTHS TO COMPLY AUGUST 14th,2015
Comission for University Education Chairman Henry Thairu says seven out of eight university campuses that were to be closed given 12 more months to ensure centres have conducive enviroment however they can continue teaching as they enforce the regulation,the 12 months start from July 31st,this is after they had appealed from being shut in six months from June.All the eight universities are in Nairobi
The regulations for these universities are.
-it should have laboratories ,libraries and adequate teaching staff.
-Enough space for lecture rooms.
-Mode of teaching should be disclosed.
TEACHERS SERVICE COMMISION SUFFERS A HUGE BLOW August 13th,2015
Teachers Service Comission underwent a huge loss as teachers won a court battle over insurance.The Employment and Labour Relations Court said the teachers employment violated the rights of Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers and its members when it issued a directive to the union to contribute to the scheme .This means Kuppets agreement with the National Insurance Fund will continue uninterrupted.
Knut summons its members to endorse the oncoming September strike whereas Sabina Chege the National Assembly Education Committee Chairperson pleaded with KNUT to delay boycott for two weeks so as they can talk to the National Treasury,Teachers Service Comission,Education Ministry and Budget Comittee.
TEACHERS ADAMANT ON STRIKE August 12th,2015
KNUT Secretary General Wilson Sossion insist that teachers will still go o strike in September if their Augusts payslips do not reflect the salary increase awarded to them by the industrial court.He said that regarde less of the decision made tomorrow by the supreme court,the teachers would down their tools next month.
Mr Sossion however called on alll teachers to go to the Supreme Court tomorrow at 9 to witness the ruling,the ruling is set to decide whether the pay rise will be suspended or not.Yesterday the Union demanded the withdrawal of an appeal by the Education ministry against salary increases,he also called upon Aden Duale to prove his support by moving a motion in the house for more funds for the pay rise.
KUPPET AND KNUT AT LOGGERHEADS OVER SEPTEMBER STRIKE August 4th,2015
KUPPET and KNUT disagree on planned third time strike.KNUT has asked members not to be in school while KUPPET has taken a wait and see approach,he promised that it will be the mother of all strikes and that they will not accept opression,the goverment losses sh 450billion to corruption it cannot say it does not have 51 billion.
KUPPET secretary general Akello Misori said they would give the goverment time to implement the pay rise,he went ahead to say he was sure the goverment would pay and they would make a decision on september 3rd.This however came after Lydia Nzoma the chairperson of the Teachers Service Comission said the goverment does not have the money as Education CS Jacob Kaimenyi said the goverment would not be forced to pay what they do not have.
TEACHERS READY FOR STRIKE August 3rd, 2015
Teachers are ready to go an a nationwide strike next term when schools open after TSC appealed the salary increase to teachers upheld by the High Court.These comes after an ongoing pay row between the teachers Union Knut and the Teachers Service Comission.
Knut Secretary General William Sossion stated that the war has just began saying that instead of the TSC taking them back to court they should have demanded for release of funds from the National Treasury.Mr Sossion went ahead to tell teachers to prepare for a major strike in September.
GOOD NEWS FOR RETIRED TEACHERS July 31st,2015
Retired teachers recieve good news after 17years of waiting for salary and pensions and arrears.The High court ruled in their favour by ordering their former employer to release the money.
The Teachers Service Comission was directed by the court to liase with the national treasury,the controller of the budget ,the auditor-general ,the director of pensions and other offices to settle the 42.3billion pension arrears.
The judge accused the comission of stalling despite a 2006 High court ruling that favoured the retirees.
New salary deal July 23,2015
TSC has asked for renewed negotiations on the teachers basic pay increase and asked that the order given earlier by the Industrial court be suspended.TSC lawyer Mr Anyour said a job evaluation was ongoing that would affect alll public servants including teachers which is being conducte d by the Salaries and Renumeration Comission that is also expected to resolve the basic pay dispute.
Paul Muite who is representing Knut however opposed the request to have SRC review teachers as it is the TSC mandate under the constitution.The teachers union will be making their case today.
The Minisitry of Education is considering moving the date for national exams for schools that have been affected by trrorist attacks.Jacob Kaimenyi said the students deserved a fair shot so it would be fair to postpone the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education and Kenya Secondary School Education,He however ruled out giving the students special exams
NEW TEACHERS TO BE HIRED TO CURB SHORTAGE July 15,2015
Teachers have until 31st to submit their applications for the recruitment process,5,000 new teachers are set to be hired to ease the shortage in Public Schools.Nancy Macharia Teachers Service Comission chief executive announced the recruitment saying all registered teachers should apply.
This comes after the Teachers Union placed the shortage at 80,000 teachers while also demanding for more allocations to education.Out of the 5,000,2,338 are for primary school while 2,662 will deployed to post primary institutions of which 22 will go to technical institutions.
Teachers who applied earlier and and were unsuccesful were asked to re-apply and those with disabilities were also urged to apply since a new list will be generated.For post primary posts one has to be a holder of a diploma in Education minimum.
COLLEGES CONCLUDE SELECTION FOR TEACHERS July 8,2015
Out of 13,873 candidates, 9,731 candidates were picked to join 24 primary teacher training colleges.Thr selection was based on merit and was computerized and was in 47 counties however 4,000 candidates failed to join the teaching proffesionas colleges conclude this years selection.
Applicants were required to have attained a C plain in the KCSE with atleast a D(plain)in Mathematics and a C(minus) in English ,the above cutoff has stayed constant for three years.
The Ministry is also in the process of constructing eight new colleges to replace those that were elevated into universities.The appointment of the new teachers is meant to adress the shortage the ministry has been undergoing.
UNIONS THREATEN STRIKE July 6,2015
Unions yesterday said they would call a strike if the goverment delays the implementation of a pay rise given to teachers by the Industrial Court last week.
KNUT however have not set a date for the strike.KUPPET Secretary General Akelo Misori said members would consider a strike after the expiry of the 30 days within the court directed time.
Mr Sossion and the stand and adhere to the judgement by Justice Nduma Nderi, he continued by saying they are expecting to be called in for a meeting so that they can effect the incriment,he said the goverment should not seek favour from the court.
CLASH AT PARLIAMENTARY COMMITTEE HEARING July 3,2015
William Sossion KNUT Secretary General and Jacob Kaimenyi Education Secretary yesterday attended a parliamentary Commitee where they clashed.The TSC opposed a provision that the board of management should handle school funds stating that Headteachers should,as they also run day to day operations.
Prof Kaimenyi stated that the earlier said existing laws give him powers to oversee the running of schools and implementation of the education policy including accounting officers and headteachers.KNUT however sort to restrict the role of the people he appoints who are the school board.
The above law states:
-Elderly people can only enroll at informal schools.
-Imposing a minimum age when a child can join primary school at 6
corruption by teachers was also adressed and a directive that parents should not be directed to buy school uniforms from a specified distributor.
NO CASH FOR TEACHERS July,2,2015
Government insists there is no money to pay teachers and will have to wait longer this is after teachers were awarded a higher pay yesterday by the Employment and Labour Relations Court.
Lydia Nzomo TSC chairperson said they do not have even a single cent to pay the additional salary and that the current government policy is to carry out a job evaluation for all public sector employees to determine worth and if they deserve raises, It will cost an estimated 70 billion annually to pay the teachers. TSC however is set to appeal the ruling.
Knut secretary General William Sossion insisted separately that they will push for the court ruling and that teachers can get 52 billion through a supplementary budget saying their overall budget is 2.1 trillion,he also said Knut would oppose efforts to reverse Tuesdays court ruling.
GOOD NEWS FOR TEACHERS. July 1,2015
Teachers were yesterday awarded a huge salary increase after various battles with the government over pay raise.Those in lower grades will get a salary raise of 60% while those in higher grades will get a 50% increase.
Knut and Kenya Union of Post Primary Education have been in a vicious legal battle with the TSC,the SCR and the Attorney General over their pay.
The news was met with high celebration from KNUT officials as the secretary general Wilson Sossion could not hold back but have tears of joy,the funds are to be paid between now and 2017.this
This however has caused protest from the government with Education Permanent secretary Jacob Kaimenyi saying that he would appeal the ruling and that he would not agree to be forced to pay what they do not have.