Education news highlights today include,
More than 5,500 needy students from Kiambu to benefit from Sh32.5 NG-CDF bursary, says MP Jude Njomo, Police in Nandi investigate the abduction of principal Kapkechui Girls Secondary School, and KICD reveals new set books for schools and teacher colleges.
1. Police in Nandi investigate the abduction of principal
Police in Chesumei sub-county, Nandi sub-county have launched investigations after the principal of Kapkechui Girls Secondary School in Chesumei constituency is alleged to have been abducted by unknown people along Kapkechui-Baraton road.
Confirming the incident, the area police boss (OCPD) Bosita Omukolongolo said the teacher was kidnapped on her way home from work in the evening after boarding a private vehicle.
According to the OCPD, they received reports from the DCI Kisumu that an unconscious person had been dumped at Awasi area and when they followed up the matter they found it to be the missing teacher.
The madam is receiving treatment at Kapsabet County Referral Hospital.
2. Kitty to benefit students from Kiambu Constituency, says MP
More than 5,500 needy students from Kiambu to benefit from Sh32.5 NG-CDF bursary, says MP Jude Njomo.
According to Njomo, applicants of the bursary fund came from other constituencies which imply that the bursary was not benefitting needing students from the Kiambu constituency.
“We have put up measures and involved the chiefs and we want applicants also to produce their voter’s hard to establish that one is a local of the constituency,” said Mp Njomo.
While urging parents to encourage their children to study more and give them hope so that they may have a bright future, Njomo brought to their attention that eight schools will be introduced to music classes.
He said his focus is to improve education in the region and that music instruments worth Sh8 million have already been bought.
“Soon we will distribute music instruments to eight of our schools so that our children can start learning music. We want the constituency to produce talented musicians and be able to operate musical instruments,” said Njomo.
Furthermore, the Mp noted that three schools will start golfing lessons being that secured golf clubs following fundraising in Kiambu Golf Club. A move he says will encourage the pupils in their tender age.
Apart from the aforementioned, he said already some schools have been introduced to Kung Fu lessons, and a tournament is planned for next month.- an initiative supported by the Chinese Embassy.
“We have initiated negotiations with the Chinese Embassy so that they can give us teachers to teach the Chinese language in Kiambu schools,” said Njomo.
In conclusion, according to the Mp, six new day secondary schools have been built and will help in the transition of pupils to secondary schools in July.
3. New set books for schools, teacher colleges unveiled
Reports from local media platforms have it that the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD) has unveiled the list of new literature and Fasihi set books for secondary schools and teacher training colleges. However, the institute has not yet issued an official circular to that effect.
According to The Nation, Fathers of Nations, a novel by Paul B. Vitta and published by Oxford University Press East Africa, will be the new English Literature compulsory text replacing Blossoms of the Savannah by Henry ole Kulet of Longhorn Publishers.
The source shows that the optional texts include Parliament of Owls - East African Educational Publishers, replacing The Pearl, a novel by John Steinbeck.
A Silence Song and other Stories- Spotlight Publishers, an anthology of short stories, will replace Memories we Lost, edited by Chris Wanjala.
As for Kiswahili Fasihi, Cheche za Moto by John Habwe-Jomo Kenyatta Foundation will be the compulsory novel, replacing Chozi La Heri by Assumpta K Matei - One Planet Publishers.
Mapambazuko ya Machweo - Mountain Top Publishers will be the new anthology of short stories, replacing Tumbo Lisiloshiba - Longhorn Publishers.
According to the source, in teacher training colleges, the study novel will be A Spider’s Web by Samuel Wachira - One Planet Publishers.
Others to be studied at the diploma level in TTCs are Mzigo wa Kichaa (JKF), a play, and Penzi La Damu (EAEP), a novel.
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