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10,000 Youths From Pastoral Areas to Benefit From Technical Courses The Ujuzi Manyattani initiative by the Northern Rangeland Trust (NRT), launched five years ago, has successfully shifted the livelihood focus of over 1,300 youths in pastoral areas towards technical courses such as mechanical work, hairdressing, plumbing, barbering, tailoring, masonry, and electrical skills. This move aims to reduce dependency on livestock, a sector vulnerable to cattle rustling and drought. Tom Lalampaa, CEO of NRT, announced plans to expand the initiative, aiming to train 10,000 youths across Arid and Semi-Arid Lands (ASALs). He emphasized the transformative impact on marginalized groups like morans…

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TVETS Urged To Invest Beyond Government Support During the dissemination of the TVET institution quality audit report at Alupe University for Western Kenya, Dr. Kipkirui Langat, Director General of TVETA, emphasized the importance of sustainability for Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) institutes. He highlighted that while a significant portion of the national budget supports education, TVETs should explore avenues beyond government funding to ensure their growth. Dr. Langat mentioned initiatives such as infrastructure improvement and student scholarships funded by the government, which have boosted enrollment in TVETs. However, he cautioned that over-reliance on government funding could become unsustainable in…

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What to Expect as Finance Bill 2024 Proceeds to Committee Stage The Finance Bill 2024 is set to proceed to the Committee Stage following a vote held on Thursday, April 20. In this voting session, 204 Members of Parliament (MPs) supported moving the bill forward after its Second Reading, where legislators shared their views. However, 115 MPs voted against it, and if they had achieved a majority, it would have ended the Finance Bill 2024’s progress in parliament. Committee Stage Overview The next significant activities are scheduled for Tuesday, June 25, as outlined by Kenyans.co.ke. During the Committee Stage, the…

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NEMA Threaten University Closure due to Pollution Concerns The National Environmental Management Authority (NEMA) has announced the potential closure of a local university in Kajiado County due to pollution concerns. The university has been accused of releasing untreated waste into the environment, an issue that has drawn repeated warnings from the authority. Salome Machua, NEMA’s Deputy Director of Enforcement, addressed the situation on Thursday during a visit to the university. Follow Teachers Updates On X She reported that the institution might be shut down if it did not resolve the problem of raw waste discharge. Machua mentioned that the university…

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CBC is Going Nowhere, Court Rules The High Court has upheld the permanence of the competency-based curriculum (CBC), ruling it essential for equipping learners with necessary skills. The court highlighted that CBC has been in effect since 2019 and overturning it now would cause significant disruption in the education sector. The judges noted that teachers have already been trained, and the government has allocated finances for CBC’s implementation. They emphasized that halting the curriculum would lead to chaos in the education system. The Cabinet Secretary for Education was directed by the High Court to draft laws aligning CBC with legal…

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National Budget Cuts Put Teachers and Medical Interns at Risk The fate of teachers and medical interns across the country is in jeopardy following the National Treasury’s proposal for substantial budget cuts if the Finance Bill fails to pass through Parliament. Treasury Cabinet Secretary Njuguna Ndung’u reported that the government would be compelled to implement various budget cuts for the 2024/25 Financial Year across multiple Ministries, Departments, and Agencies due to limited resources. If the proposed 2024 Finance Bill does not pass, the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) budget for the 2024/25 Financial Year will face a reduction of Sh 18.9…

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TSC Highlights P1 Teachers’ Retooling P1 instructors who graduated prior to 2019 and are not hired by the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) reportedly started a nine-month upgrading program in 2019 to upgrade their P1 Certificates to a Diploma Level. After being hired, these educators go through a thorough retraining program that equips them with the skills necessary to successfully execute the Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC). TSC highlighted that they continue to hire teachers with P1 certificates who have not sought the diploma upgrade in order to support inclusivity and non-discrimination. In response to a query on whether TSC will give preference…

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Over 100 Teachers in Kenya Die from Mental Health Illnesses Over 100 teachers have lost their lives due to mental health illnesses in the past three years, a welfare organization has reported. The Kenya Women Teachers Association (Kewota) expressed alarm at the rising cases of mental health issues among teachers. Earlier this month, Kewota CEO Benta Opande stated that an estimated 30 percent of Kenyan teachers experience symptoms of depression and anxiety. Opande emphasized the need for comprehensive support systems to help teachers cope with mental health challenges caused by financial, family, and work environment factors. She noted that societal…

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Top KCSE Performers Secure Sh980 Million Prestigious Scholarships (Ivy League Universities) A group of 22 top performers in the 2023 Kenya Certificates of Secondary Education (KCSE) exams have been awarded a scholarship totaling Sh980 million. The scholarship seeks to enable the students to gain admission to prestigious Ivy League universities and colleges. The students were part of the Kenya Scholar Access Program (KenSAP), a local education initiative. KenSAP offers a free residential university access program lasting nearly six months, during which students are guided through the American university application process and taught the skills needed to excel in American universities.…

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Teachers’ Healthcare Crisis: Unpaid Minet Insurance cover Leave Many Stranded Teachers are facing challenges accessing medical services under the Minet Insurance cover. Many teachers, who expected seamless treatment for themselves and their dependents, are being told to pay cash for services due to unresolved financial and technical issues with Minet. Instances have been reported where preauthorization for treatment was not approved, forcing teachers to use the National Hospital Insurance Cover (NHIF) and pay additional amounts for medication and services. This issue is not new, as similar challenges with the Minet cover were reported previously, with teachers being turned away due…

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