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February 19, 2019

Education Summary

Court bars KMTC from admitting new students

The admission of students to the Kenya Medical Training College has been thrown into a limbo after two students obtained temporary orders at a High Court in Nakuru barring new admissions.

David Mburu Mwangi and Anthony Thuita Mwai moved to court following a decision by the medical college to disown students admitted by the Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Services. Justice Moureen Odero issued temporary orders on Wednesday restraining KMTC from admitting students selected by the institution for the 2015-16 academic year pending the hearing and determination of the case.


Teachers’ unions oppose plans to scrap exams

The Kenya National Union of Teachers and Kenya Union of Post-Primary Education Teachers from Western and Nyanza have accused the government of seeking to make education a preserve of the rich. The officials from Kisumu, Kakamega, Vihiga and Homa Bay branches alleged the move is part of the government’s plan to run down the quality of education in the country and only allow those with money to educate their children. The Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development says the current primary school curriculum is overloaded with too many subjects. It proposes the introduction of a competency-based assessment and doing away with the exams.


Knut says strike is on if payrise is not granted

A giant teachers’ union’s top decision-making body met on Friday and resolved that all teachers should boycott duty if they are not paid the salary increment granted by the court. The Kenya National Union of Teachers National Executive Council adopted the resolution just hours after making its submissions at the Supreme Court. The Knut brief says “in the face of the law, TSC is under duty to factor in the salary raise as ordered by the court.

“Expectations of the union and its membership therefore is that the new salary must be reflected. Failure to which teachers will go on a nationwide strike by September 1.”


Court ruling puts teachers’ Sh6bn medical deal in peril

A Sh6 billion comprehensive medical scheme for teachers may collapse following the High Court’s decision to stop deductions from members’ salaries. The Teachers Service Commission had signed the medical scheme with AoN Minet. The scheme was to be funded by teachers’ medical allowances. But the deal backfired after the Employment and Labour Relations Court ruled that Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers members are entitled to their medical allowances, effectively barring TSC from making the deductions. Knut has also abandoned the medical scheme to forestall an exodus of its members to Kuppet. Some Knut members were unhappy about having to forfeit their allowance yet their Kuppet counterparts were receiving half their allowance.


DT Dobie sponsors top employees’ bright students

DT Dobie operates the CFAO scholarship programme that rewards outstanding employees’ children by sponsoring their four-year secondary education.

Recently Zarak Khan, the managing director of DT Dobie, presented 10 secondary school scholarships to the parents on behalf of their children at a breakfast meeting held at the company’s premises on Lusaka Road in Nairobi. The students will receive Sh50,000 per year.

Speaking at the function, Vicki Nyaga, the human resources manager, said: “Recipients of the two categories are judged by their results and the ability to maintain the grades throughout their secondary and university education.”

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