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February 23, 2019

Education Summary

TSC wants case on hiring 70,000 tutors dismissed

The Teachers Service Commission has asked the Employment and Labour Relations Court to dismiss the case seeking to block recruitment of 70,000 relief teachers.

The commission through its lawyer Fred Ngatia argued that the constitution had given it power to recruit new teachers and that it could not be taken away by litigation before the Labour court. TSC asked Labour court judge Nzioki wa Makau to disregard the arguments by Trade Union Congress of Kenya, saying it did not have any legal backing to file any case on behalf of the 280,000 tutors. The government had earlier started recruiting 70,000 teachers.


CUE wades into varsities accreditation stand-off

The Commission for University Education has moved to stamp its authority on university programme regulation in a manner likely to set it against professional bodies that are also empowered by law to accredit such programmes.

CUE says it is the “sole regulator of university education in Kenya mandated to accredit and regulate university education as stipulated under the Universities Act, 2012”. Invoking powers bestowed in it by the Universities Act 2012, CUE chief executive officer David Some said: “The commission advises the senates of the affected universities to exercise the powers vested in them in the best interests of the students.”


Moi urges parents to monitor their children

Former President Daniel arap Moi has condemned increased cases of misbehaviour among school-going children in the country. Moi cited last week’s incident where over 500 children were arrested while using drugs, drinking alcohol and engaging in sex at a basement club in Eldoret.

He further referred to the August incident where 45 high school students were arrested for smoking bhang, drinking and having sex in a bus along Karatina-Nairobi road in Nyeri. He was speaking during the 27th baptism worship service at AIC Kabarak Community Chapel in Nakuru County attended by 237 candidates.


KU leadership school graduates first students

The first batch of young trainees of the Young African Leadership Initiative graduated from the East Africa’s Regional Centre at Kenyatta University. The 78 trainees from 13 countries across East and Central Africa had spent 12 weeks undergoing a rigorous training in transformational learning and enhanced leadership.

Yali regional director Mark McCord said the trainees have been equipped with the capacity to offer leadership to challenges facing their respective communities. McCord said the aim of the training is to produce innovative, result-oriented and collaborative skilled individuals able to engage communities through public and private partnerships. “This will promote economic cohesiveness and entrepreneurship among the young generation.”


Kenyan teachers in new stand-off over pay dispute

The two teachers’ unions last week demanded the immediate release of union dues and third party deductions to cooperative movements by Friday. In a letter to Teachers Service Commission chief executive officer Nancy Macharia, Knut has threatened to move to court if the employer fails to comply with the court order.

“We are by this letter demanding that you immediately release the salaries, union dues and third party deductions by close of business on Friday, October 9, failure to which we shall take appropriate legal redress which we are fully instructed to take,” reads the letter from Knut lawyer John Mbaluto dated October 7.

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