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Latest Education News Making The Headlines This Afternoon, Monday 5th

What you should know: TSC causes panic by changing top officials, Public universities top in the evaluation of government ministries and departments, KESSHA has lauded Kakamega CDF for helping needy students.

1.KESSHA lauds Kakamega CDF for supporting needy students

Secondary School Heads Association (KESSHA) Kakamega North branch, has commended the efforts made by the constituency development funds in providing bursaries to impoverished students.

Speaking during the bursary launch, Rose Abuko who is the branch chairperson noted that the devotion of the CDF office to give all schools bursary allocations have helped most students stay in school and concentrate on their studies hence most schools in the sub-county have improved in academic performance.

According to the report, they distributed Sh20 million among the schools.

2. Teachers Service Commission causes panic by reshuffling staff

Fear has engulfed the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) headquarters and field offices after unexpected changes of senior officials serving at the powerful teacher management department.

This unusual development has seen Director of Staffing Rita Wahome who was widely seen as an ally of TSC boss Dr Nancy Macharia, sent on a compulsory leave under unclear circumstances. They also sent the Deputy Director in Charge of Performance Contracting George Okinda on compulsory leave.

Dorothy Chonji, the Deputy Director in charge of Secondary schools, has also been reshuffled to the ICT section in the Administration Department, a less elegant post.

It’s reported that Antonina Lentoijoni, the Deputy Director in charge of tertiary institutions and the longest-serving officers within the staffing department, has taken over from Wahome in an acting capacity.

What brought about the unusual reshuffles was not immediately clear but rumours link it to how the recent recruitment and promotion of teachers was conducted.

3. Public universities top in the evaluation of government ministries, departments

Public universities have taken five of the top 10 slots of the best-performing state corporations in an evaluation of the performance of government ministries departments and agencies (MDAs).

According to a recently released report by the Public Service Management and Monitoring Unit, the University of Embu tops the list in state corporation after scoring 2.1250 followed by Tharaka University College - 2.1791 and TVET Curriculum Development, Assessment and Certification Council which scored 2.2587.

The document, ‘Report on Evaluation of performance of Ministries, State Corporations and Tertiary Institutions for 2019/2020’, ranks the University of Nairobi as fourth (2.2621) while Chuka University at position six (2.4085).

They placed South Eastern Kenya University eighth with a score of 2.5738 while Nairobi Technical Training Institute was the best performing tertiary education institution having scored 2.7225. 

Nuu Technical and Vocational College was at the bottom after scoring 4.3410, - a category which comprised teacher training colleges, technical training institutes and national polytechnics.

“The analysis of the performance of tertiary institutions shows that there was a decline in performance. In addition, four tertiary institutions achieved ‘Poor’ performance grade as opposed to none in 2018/2019,” the report notes.

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