[Photo by Edward Kiplimo/Standard]The spectre of empty lecture halls in public universities has made the threat of job cuts suddenly very real. Placement data reveals that the number of students attaining the minimum university entry grade of C+ is on the decline. There are 8,294 teaching staff in all public universities under the Universities Academic Staff Union while Kenya Universities Staff Union has 11,292 members. Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Service CEO John Muraguri said only 5,747 students who scored C+ and above did not secure university slots. “However, of these, 2,128 did not apply at all, while 3,619 applied but could not competitively secure placement,” he said.
Erastus Muriuki of Jubilee Party on Wednesday won the Ruguru MCA seat. Ruguru ward is in Mathira constituency, Nyeri county. Muriuki beat his rival Ndegwa Macharia of Maendeleo Chap Chap in the by-election after garnering 4,270 against Ndegwa’s 3,946. Weru collapsed while speaking to residents at his Ruguru ward during Jamhuri Day celebrations. He invited his competitor to work with him in delivering services to Ruguru residents.
The ruling in a case in which Neno Evangelism Ministries pastor James Ng’ang’a is accused of causing death by dangerous driving was yesterday postponed for the sixth time. The court was expected to decide whether Ng’ang’a, his co-accused Simon Kuria - who presented him- self as the driver of a Range Rover that was involved in a crash - Kenya Police Airwing inspector Chris- topher Nzioka and officer Patrick Baya had a case to answer.
Less than a quarter of Kenyans have some form of health cover, the Kenya Medical Association has said. KMA president Jacqueline Kitulu yesterday said only 20 per cent of Kenyans have health cover. This means only nine million out of about 45 million Kenyans are covered. Something is amiss about the healthcare cover in the country and efforts to provide universal healthcare cover must be fast-tracked, she said. Head of preventive and promotive health in the Health ministry Peter Cherutich said the government is doing all it can to ensure universal health cover is achieved.
[Photo by Beverlyne Musili/Standard]Hundreds of herders who have built manyattas in Lang'ata area have resisted attempts by the county government to evict them. Peter Mbaya, the director of operations at the City Inspectorate, had hinted at plans to demolish structures in Lang'ata and Eastlands. He claimed that a developer had on several occasions tried to evict the group and grab the land. Stephen ole Mayiendo, another herder, said the group had been offered money to vacate the land but had refused. Kajiado West MP George Sunkuyia defended the group, saying the county government and the police should not be used to harass people.
Matatu and bus operators downed their tools to protest the poor state of the road saying they will continue with their strike until the road is repaired. The poor state of a five-kilometre city road has yet again led to public protests barely a year after Sh500 million was spent to tarmac it. The rains made the road worse, making vehicles susceptible to breakdowns,” said Victor Kaminju, a user of the road. KURA Communications Director John Cheboi, however, defended the contractor, saying the section of the road in question had been damaged as a results of activities at a car wash business on the roadside. The same contractor- Emishoyi East Africa Ltd- is also repairing Baba Dogo and Kamiti roads at a cost of Sh40 million.
By CATZ WINSTON ILIKANAMore by this AuthorIt’s an imperative requirement by institutions of higher learning that final year diploma and degree students undergo industrial practical attachment, also called internship. However, getting an internship in any government or private institution has been a higher hurdle than even getting a job. BRIBEAt most of the government institutions that I have visited seeking internship, the officials have demanded that I bribe them to be favourably considered. Just drop off your CV; we will contact you in due course.”I request the relevant heads of government institutions and the captains of industry to intervene and offer the qualified youth internship opportunities. The youth would also want to acquire practical skills so as to be more valuable when they join the career of their choice.
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The avenue the children chose to reach them in what they trended on social media as #IfikieWazazi (loosely, a post to parents) was, to say the least, shocking. Most Kenyan parents have left the role of bringing up their children to maids and schools. * * *Social media platforms were meant to enable people to interact and exchange information. Parents should be aware of how their children use social media platforms and guide them. Getting many ‘likes’ on social media is the new swag.
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Simba Corporation, which owns Kempinski, has locked horns with China's Avic International over the development that will be occupied by American hotel chain, the Marriot Hotels. Simba Corporation, owned by billionaire Adil Popat, wants construction of the mega complex stopped. "Simba Corporation continues to incur colossal amounts of monies to deal with the suffocating dust and vermin emanating from the project site onto the Villa Rosa Kempinski Hotel,” it contends. Avic undertook a number of remedial measures to address Simba Corporation's concerns over the project. Avic remains willing to address any further concerns that Simba Corporation may have arising from the project,” Feng said in court filings.
| Published Fri, April 20th 2018 at 00:00, Updated April 19th 2018 at 23:50 GMT +3Education CS Amina Mohammed addressing members of the public during her home coming ceremony. [Photo by Duncan Ocholla/Standard]The Government has set up an inter-ministerial committee charged with coming up with an appropriate counter-offer for public university workers who have been on strike for 50 days. Education Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed wants the team to prepare its report on the 2017-2021 collective bargaining agreement (CBA) within a month. This means that the team has between two weeks and one month to complete the job after which university workers will have a counter-offer tabled. Text the word 'NEWS' to 22840The committee, chaired by KCA University Vice Chancellor Noah Midamba, will also audit university education including staffing, programmes, and enrolment.
Heavy rains are wreaking havoc across Kenya barely a year after a drought ravaged the country. Area Kenya Red Cross Society coordinator Maurice Onyango says the floodwaters swept through homes in lower areas of the county. In November 2017, a couple died after floods swept away a couple at Olom, North-Horr. “The couple was among eight people who drowned during the heavy rains. RECURRENT DROUGHTA harsh drought ravaged ASAL areas of Northern Kenya and the coast during a similar period in 2017.
By IBRAHIM ORUKOMore by this AuthorBy DAVID MWEREMore by this AuthorA group of MPs has dismissed a petition seeking to set the age limit for presidential candidates. Related Content MPs to hear presidency age cap petitionHowever, some MPs have criticised the petition, pointing out that it violates the non-discrimination stance enshrined in the Constitution. “It is obvious Mr Odinga and Mr Musyoka are the targets. “The constitutional does not set the age limit and there is no way one’s inherent constitutional rights can be curtailed through statutory laws,” said the Suna East MP. Kipipiri MP Amos Kimunya said Mr Mohamud is not properly advised.
High school leavers usually experience a big, unexpected change in the environment when they join university. When they leave home for university, the students embark on a new journey — one of self-reliance and self-discovery, which largely shapes up their outlook on life in the long run. Most of them are young and grossly unprepared for the challenges of university life. But when they join university, there is a change as they follow the timetable and have more time on their hands. It will help those who join university with no experience.
According to the prosecution, Mr Tomasic, a Slovenian, was arrested along with 21 Kenyans while packing bhang disguised as tea leaves for export in a godown near Moi International Airport, Mombasa. Mr Tomasic denied the charges and was freed on a Sh100,000 bond. REFORMGoogle is now required in the EU to respond to any reasonable request to remove information that is “inaccurate, inadequate, irrelevant or excessive”. But Article 35 would not help Mr Tomasic because he is not questioning the accuracy of the court story. Mr Tomasic is asking for a takedown, not correction.
Bongo Flava musician Ali Kiba and his wife Amina Khalef during their wedding ceremony in Mombasa on April 19, 2018. Bongo Flava musician Ali Kiba's wife Amina Khalef during their wedding ceremony in Mombasa on April 19, 2018. PRIVATE RECEPTIONAfter the wedding, Ali Kiba went to the house of Governor Joho’s brother, Abubakar Joho, in Kizingo, for a ceremonial wedding meal known as “Kombe la bwana harusi” (groom’s cup). After the meal, Mr Joho led the party to his mansion in Vipingo Ridge, Kilifi, for a private reception, according to Mr Joho’s handlers. Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho (right) has fun during the wedding ceremony of Bongo Flava musician Ali Kiba in Mombasa on April 19, 2018.
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