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Education News Making The Headlines This Morning, October 13th

What you should know: TTC’s placement under KUCCPs is not yet hence delaying funding, Kisii University students protest over fees hike by Sh10,000, want VC Prof John Akama to come clear.

1. Teacher trainees to wait longer for KUCCPS placement to TTCs

Placement of trainee teachers under the control of Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Service (KUCCPS) is yet to come true as rollout plans and discussions between stakeholders are underway. This implies that Teacher Training College (TTCs) will have to wait longer for government funding.

Because of this delay, only TTC students have not been included in the Higher Education Loans Board (HELB) disbursement as other students from Universities and TVETs benefit.

Early last week, Early Learning and Basic Education Principal Secretary Julius Jwan cleared the air that KUCCPS will undertake the placement of students applying for pre-service teacher training. The move was to ensure that successful students benefit from HELB.

“The new policy means that Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) candidates can now choose to be selected for Diploma in Primary Teacher Education (DPTE) or Diploma in Early Childhood Development Teacher Education (DECTE) when applying for post-secondary education training programmes,” PS Jwan said.

Unfortunately, this has not been realised, and it is not clear how soon the placement for students by KUCCPS to TTCs will take place.

2. Kisii University second-year students protest fees hike

Demos arose from second-year students at Kisii University on Tuesday, following an increase of tuition fees from Sh24,000 to Sh34,000. The students are said to have destroyed property within the campus, including the entrance to Vice-Chancellor Prof John Akama’s office.

“The gripe we have is that the management just sat somewhere and decided unilaterally to increase fees for second years without taking into consideration the financial circumstances our parents are in,” said Evans Mose, a student while speaking to the Star.

“We want Akama, the Vice-Chancellor, to come out clearly on this, otherwise we have resolved to continue with the strike until he addresses the matter,” Mose added.

The students engaged the police in running battles for the better part of yesterday before the officers managed to stop them from further destruction.

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