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11 Mukumu girls hospitalised after falling ill



Eleven learners at Sacred Heart Mukumu Girls High School have been admitted to hospital after falling ill on Friday.

Two of the learners are being treated for malaria while nine others were rushed to hospital after complaining of abdominal pain and fatigue.

The students were admitted to St Elizabeth Mukumu Mission Hospital and doctors are closely monitoring their conditio

The principal of the school, Sister Jane Mmbone, confirmed the incident but said there was no cause for alarm as the students were responding well to treatment.

“In fact, three of the students have been discharged after their condition improved and are back in school,” said Mmbone.

She said the other pupils reported back to school before they had fully recovered and were being treated and their condition closely monitored.

A nurse has been posted at the school to deal with any emergencies involving students who fall ill before they are referred to nearby hospitals for treatment.

The school was closed indefinitely on April 3 following an outbreak of an illness linked to contamination of water and food.

Three students and a teacher lost their lives.

The school reopened on May 8, with Form Four pupils the first to report, accompanied by their parents.

Students were counseled and those with pre-existing medical conditions were examined by a doctor and their details recorded for medical attention.

Sister Aqminatta Lumili, the diocesan health coordinator for Kakamega Catholic Diocese, said all the students who reported were taken for counselling to help them settle down and resume learning after the outbreak of the disease that had disrupted their studies.

“We are asking parents and learners to tell us if the learners have other conditions that could affect their health, such as diabetes and allergies, so that they can be treated in case of an emergency,” said Sister Lumili.

On 15 April, Education Cabinet Secretary Ezekiel Machogu ordered the destruction of the maize to prevent another tragedy.

Last month, a post-mortem examination of the three students and their teacher revealed that they had succumbed to multiple organ failure linked to food poisoning and water contamination.

The school management cancelled all tenders for food suppliers and selected three interim suppliers who have been pre-qualified to supply food to other schools.

The Ministry of Water, through the Lake Victoria North Water Works and Development Agency (LVNWWDA), supplies the school with water from the Tindinyo Water Treatment Plant.

Mr Ibrahim Oluoch, the manager in charge of planning and strategy at LVNWWDA, said water supply from the school’s two boreholes had stopped.

“The boreholes need to be flushed and chlorinated before the school can resume pumping water to the nine storage tanks for supply to the hostels,” Mr Oluoch said.

An additional borehole being drilled at the school at a cost of 6 million will produce 16 cubic litres per hour. The water will be tested and then pumped to the storage tanks.

The 800 sacks of contaminated grain from Mukumu were destroyed at the Bamburi Cement kiln in Mombasa County.

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Vihiga: Section of Secondary School dorm razed, no injuries



On Tuesday evening, a portion of a dormitory at Ebunangwe Boy’s Secondary School in Vihiga County caught fire.

Billy Maloba, a witness to the incident, estimates that the fire started at 8 o’clock.

“No one was injured in the accident since it happened when the students were doing their night preps in class,” he said.

Ebunangwe is a mixed boarding and day school.

The school has only one dormitory.

“It was raining around that time so it took a while for people to notice the fire,” Maloba, who said he lives a few metres from the school, said.

He claimed that once the fire was put out by the locals, the Vihiga fire department arrived.

Since property with an unknown value was destroyed, the cause of the fire has not yet been identified.

By the time of publication, the school still had not released a statement regarding the incident.

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UoN only Kenyan university among world’s top 2,000



According to the most recent rankings published today by the Center for World University Rankings (CWUR), the University of Nairobi is the only university in Kenya classified among the top 2,000 universities worldwide.

The leading institution in Kenya is in the top 7% of universities worldwide after being ranked 1,425th on the Global 2000 ranking for 2023.

But due to a fall in the employability of its graduates and its research output, two crucial performance measures, UoN has dropped 20 spots from last year’s rating.

The rankings are being released as the education industry undergoes significant adjustments. In an effort to pull universities out of their current financial mess, there has been an increased focus on university finance recently.

In order to rate colleges from around the world on four criteria—educational quality (25%) employability (25%) faculty quality (10%) and research performance (40%)—CWUR analyzed 62 million outcomes-based data points.

These are measured independently of surveys and information provided by universities. 20,531 universities were ranked this year. Stephen Kiama, vice chancellor of the University of Nebraska, was ecstatic to get the news.

“Obviously we’re delighted. Students at UoN are taught from new knowledge based on research. We have a huge responsibility to maintain the standards we’ve set. The others [universities] know where to go,” he told Nation.

The CWUR president, however, sounded an alarm over the performance of Kenyan universities.

“It is alarming to see only one Kenyan university in the rankings. Funding to further promote the development and reputation of Kenya’s higher education system is vital if the country is to be more competitive on the global stage,” he said.

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Litein Boys students go on strike over change in entertainment schedule



Students at Litein Boys’ High School in Kericho County went on strike on Sunday night,  in response to a change in the entertainment program.

A total of 334 students from Kipsuter Boys’ High School in Bomet County have also joined the strike in a related incident to protest the head teacher’s transfer.

A motor vehicle damaged by students at Litein Boys’ High School in Kericho county after students went on the rampage. Vitalis Kimutai I Natiion Media Group

At Litein Boys’ High School, 1,900 students broke windows in the administration building and lab, as well as destroying biometric registration kits.They also burnt down a motorcycle, smashed a private vehicle at the institution before the administration called in the police.

“Police fired several bullets in the air to contain the students and restrained them from getting out of the compound following the strike” a senior police officer at Bureti sub-county police headquarters in Litein said.

The students are said to have been opposed to the administration’s recent shifting of the entertainment timetable from Sunday evening to afternoon.

The school’s Chief Principal Mr Richard Sang, the board of management, security and education officers were held up in a meeting at the school amidst tight security.

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