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February 22, 2019

Education Summary

20,000 public schools fail to get title deeds

More than 20,000 public primary schools are yet to secure title deeds, the National Lands Commission has announced.

Speaking in Mombasa during the annual primary head teachers’ conference Monday, NLC chairman Muhammad Swazuri said only 4,000 out of the 30,000 public schools have title deeds, sparking fears of encroachment by developers.

Early this year, the President Uhuru Kenyatta directed the Ministry of Lands to issue title deeds to all learning institutions.

The directive came in the wake of an attempted plot to grab a piece of land belonging to Lang’ata Road Primary School in Nairobi.


Teachers warn of strike over pay rise controversy

The Kenya National Union of Teachers has warned the government to brace for a nationwide strike next month over the teachers’ pay rise. Knut vowed to press the government to enforce a 50 to 60 per cent pay rise offered to teachers by the Industrial Court in June and upheld by the Court of Appeal last month.

Knut Secretary General Wilson Sossion asked Education CS Jacob Kaimenyi and the Teachers Service Commission to obey the court order and pay teachers their money. Sossion told union members attending a primary headmasters’ conference in Mombasa Monday to forget about the medical scheme initiated by TSC.


TSC to publish names, photos of paedophiles

Primary school heads have been accused of condoning child abuse and presiding over poor quality education. Teachers Service Commission chairperson Lydia Nzomo said child abuse cases are more rampant in primary schools.

In a hard-hitting statement at the start of this year’s primary school heads conference Monday, Nzomo said TSC will soon publish names and photographs of teachers found guilty of sexual harassment. Nzomo said in addition to gazetting the sexual harassment culprits, more radical decisions will be taken to protect children in schools.


School heads want ban on holiday tuition lifted

More than 8,000 primary school head teachers arrived in Mombasa for their annual delegates’ conference where their officials said they would forge a common stand on holiday tuition. The government has directed county education officials to ensure schools do not conduct holiday tuition and has urged parents to report those found breaking the law.

But some head teachers faulted the government’s ban on holiday tuition, insisting the exercise was a remedial move to help teachers cover the syllabus. The schools heads are meeting at Sheikh Zayyed Children Centre in Mombasa under the auspices of Kenya Primary Schools Heads Association. The conference theme is ‘Digital integration in schools’.


Demand for school buses blamed for student unrest

Demand for school buses by students and fear of examinations have been linked to persistent unrest in secondary schools. Cases of unrest have led to the closure of about 50 schools in 11 counties. Some 26 schools have been closed in Machakos county, nine in Nakuru, five in Busia and another four each in Embu, Busia and Bomet. Education stakeholders also identified political interference, tribalism, religious politics and poor relations between students and teachers as some of the triggers. Counties most affected by the wave of unrest are Machakos, Taita Taveta, Migori, Bomet, Nakuru and Nyeri.

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