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Latest Education News Making the Headlines This Friday Morning, July 2nd

Key points: School in Nyamira on the spot for expelling ‘non-performers, Knut calls for another meeting with TSC, and Principals accused of selling Form 1 places.

1. Principals accused of selling Form 1 places

Parents whose children failed to secure secondary schools of their choice are looking for alternative schools but some principals have opted to exploit them for the slots.

Reports have it that bribery has churned the Form 1 transfer exercise whereby some principals take as much as Sh100,000 from parents to facilitate the transfers.

According to Nicholas Maiyo who is chairperson of the Kenya Parents Association, they forwarded to the Education Ministry for action several complaints of bribery by principals from parents.

The Ministry of Education yet to give an update on the number of transfers it has approved so far.

2. A school in Nyamira on the spot for expelling ‘non-performers

Furious parents have decried Alima Primary School, an academy in Masaba North Sub-county for expelling pupils who do not do well in academics.

It’s alleged that the school dismissed 10 standards seven pupils who are in their third term because they were slow learners and failed to score the set pass mark by the school to warrant their registration as class eight candidates.

“I was sent a text message from the school’s headteacher informing me to seek an alternative school for my son who failed to reach the academic pass mark after the last chance he was given,” said Ms Lydia Makori, a parent to a class seven pupil sent away from the school.

The school owner allegedly refused to speak to the media claiming the allegations were not to his knowledge. He said it was a witch-hunt by his business competitors in the education sector.

Ms Margaret Mwirigi, the County Director of Education, who spoke to the media through phone said the Ministry of Education banned repeating classes and should only be allowed if the learner voluntarily consents - an agreement which must be done in writing.

3. Knut calls for another meeting with TSC

Secretary-general for Kenya National Union of Teachers Collins Oyuu says the union is waking up from a long slumber and they will allow dialogue as opposed to street demos.

Speaking to the press in Kisumu, Oyuu declared another meeting with the Teachers Service Commission, saying they must strike a position that will bring harmony and peace to the labour movement.

Knut had given TSC a week to restructure itself before another meeting, claiming the earlier offer given to them had no financial gain to union members. 

“We discussed extensively over the CBA and I’m compiling a report to the National Steering Committee on Tuesday. The report shall be rolled out to the national executive on the same,” Oyuu said.

According to reports, Oyuu’s key undertaking is to bring back members who quit Knut for other unions. 

“We are getting back to where we were. What I want to insist on is that we will not run Knut without the input of the decision-making body, the national executive council,” he said.

The union which had a membership of over 200,000 now has about 15,000 members.

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Alima Ministry of Education Nicholas Maiyo Nyamira TSC

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