Varsities warned on courses accreditation, KUCCPS CEO Dr Mercy Wahome says students from arid regions shy from tertiary education, and Form 1 girl held on suspicion of deliberately burning of a 60-bed dormitory at Tengecha Girls High School in Bureti subcounty.
1. Students from arid regions shy from tertiary education, says KUCCPS
Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Services (KUCCPS) has uncovered that understudies from arid and semi-arid areas are hesitant, regardless of having qualified, to apply for university placement.
KUCCPS CEO Dr Mercy Wahome, in an explanation dated July 4, noted there was an attitude in the regions that finishing Form Four marked the stop of education.
“The most affected counties include Mandera, Garissa, Wajir, Isiolo, Turkana, Marsabit, West Pokot, Lamu and Kilifi counties, and might be a setback to the government’s education-for-all desire,” she said.
Wahome, hence, urged the leaders in the affected areas to support and mobilise youngsters who have qualified for admission to colleges and universities to apply.
2. Form 1 girl held on suspicion of arson
A Form One girl is being held at Litein police headquarters regarding a torching that annihilated a 60-bed dormitory at Tengecha Girls High School in Bureti subcounty last week. Nobody was harmed.
Authorities have vowed to reconstruct and refurbish the residence.
According to Kericho area police commander Silas Mathiu, the girl could face deliberate burning of property charges once investigations are finished. He said there were reports the dormitory was burnt to obliterate any proof of theft.
“That and other reports that somebody gave the girls a burning ember or matchbox to set the dorm on fire in what police are investigating. We will soon apprehend everyone involved,” Mathiu said.
Joined by Tebesonik MCA Nancy Langat and her Chemosot partner William Soi Avacado, on Friday, Kericho county government Health Executive Barnabas Ngeno noted they will do all that could be within reach to ensure the dormitory is remade and normalcy returns.
“I know you are traumatised, the county government is going to team up with other well-wishers in ensuring normalcy in learning returns,” Ngeno said, adding that the county government will help with revamping the dorm and purchase reading material and belongings lost in the fire-related accident.
3. Varsities warned on courses accreditation
The fight over certifying University courses is still on as some expert bodies have kept on pushing for the right to approve academic projects, notwithstanding a court ruling in June last year that gave that duty to the Commission for University Education (CUE).
Chief Executive for CUE Mwenda Ntarangwiin, in a letter duplicated to all Vice-chancellors of universities and college principals, cited the breach of a court order in the demands by the professional bodies.
“It has come to the knowledge of the commission that professional bodies continue to purport to accredit or approve academic programmes in universities,” said Ntarangwi.
Ntarangwi says in his letter that many universities have grumbled about the expert bodies’ requests and have called for direction from CUE over the matter.
“On a sad note, and despite court judgement, some professional bodies continue to engage universities with little regard to the commission. This is not only contemptuous but disregard to the sub-sector regulator,” he said.
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