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The centuries-old debate among philosophers on whether education should primarily address its utilitarian objectives may have found expression in the rejection of nine-degree courses when it turned out they had attracted no applicant among last year’s Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) exam candidates.

According to the Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Service, placement results for 2019/20, none of the 90,000 students who qualified — scored C+ (plus) and above — to join university appeared interested in pur suing the programmes.

Scrapping programmes

In a decision likely linked to their appeal in the market place, the nine degree programmes, including Bachelor of Theology, Social Work and Community Development, Technology in Mechanical Ventilation and Air Conditioning, Arts in Peace and Conflict studies and Business Administration did not attract any applicants.

The others are Bachelor of Science (Aquatic Resources Conservation and Development, with Information Technology), Bachelor of Science (Natural Products) and Bachelor of Science (Environmental and Resource Management).

At the same time, no student was selected to join 98 other courses because they either did not qualify, or were placed to one of their other choices.

The revelations came as Education Cabinet secretary Prof George Magoha, while releasing the 20182019 universities placement results, promised to streamline university education and bring it back on the desired reform trajectory, saying there is need for the Commission for University Education (CUE) to analyse the courses with a view to scrapping them.

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“This situation must be addressed. The Commission for University Education must conduct a thorough analysis of these courses, including a review and scrapping of such programmes,” said Prof Magoha yesterday at the Catholic University.

The CS argued universities should subject the degree programmes that they offer to greater scrutiny to avoid courses duplication.

The government, Magoha said, will carry out a rationalisation of academic programmes and universities, adding that where possible, existing universities and campuses can be consolidated for maximum utilisation.

Among the 98 programmes with nil placements included Bachelor of Arts in Development Studies, Applied Linguistics, Translation and Interpretation, Gender and Development.

In the category are Bachelor of Science in Geography Information Science, Bachelor of Arts in Childcare and Protection, Catering and Hotel Management, Biblical Studies, Church Educational Ministries, Pastoral Theology, Youth Ministry, Human Nutrition and Dietetics, among others.

Utilise resources

A total of 660,204 candidates sat for KCSE last year out of which, 89,486 have secured placement to degree courses of their choice in public and private universities under the government sponsorship.

Towards reforming universities, the CS said freeze on establishment of new universities and satellite campuses must be upheld and that similar academic programmes be consolidated to efficiently utilise and maximise on existing resources.

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VIDEO: Did you miss Peter Ng’ethe’s Funeral Service in Atlanta? Here it is

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A funeral Service for the late Peter Ng’ethe was held at Christ Harvesters Global Outreach Church on Saturday. The late Ng’ethe  was set to be buried on Saturday Feb 22, 2020 at Kennesaw Memorial Park in Marietta, Georgia Address1306 Whitlock Ave NW, Marietta, GA 30064 at 1.30PM.

On Friday Feb 21 2020, a wake in his honor at West Cobb Funeral Home between 5pm and 7pm. Address: 2480 Mcland Rd, Marietta, GA, 30064

Mr Ng’ethe passed away on Feb 1st, 2020.

He was a dear Husband to Serah Ng’ethe (Mama Njoki)
Father to Njoki Mwangi, John Njoroge and Makena Njoki.

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MP wants teachers impregnating schoolgirls fired

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Head teachers in Nyanza region have been challenged to recommend sacking of rogue teachers who impregnate school pupils.

Suba North MP Millie Odhiambo told head teachers to recommend to the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) to sack any teacher found in sexual relationship with a pupil.

Speaking in Mbita town during Nyanza regional Kenya Primary School Heads Association (KEPSHA) annual delegates Conference, Millie expressed concerns over teenage pregnancies in the region.She said the teenage pregnancies could only be reduced if punitive measures are taken against perpetrators.

“Teachers are good but there some of them who are rogue and end up impregnating school girls. Let us not protect those spoiling the good name of teaching,” said Millie.

The MP told the head teachers to reverse the trend of transferring rogue teachers and instead sack them.“Transferring a rogue teacher means transferring a problem from one place to another. Such teachers should not be transferred but sacked,” she said

The MP challenged the Ministry of Education to prioritise retaining learners in schools for success of the 100 per cent transition policy.

Inadequate facilities

She blamed the government for not putting up enough facilities in place to ensure success of 100 per cent transition policy.

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Millie said many schools were grappling with poor infrastructure as the policy is being implemented.”Schools lack enough teachers, classrooms and other important facilities which should be put in place for success of the transition,” Millie said.

She said school drop may be on the rise if the government fails to consider how it will retain learners in schools.”The government needs to come up with measures that will enhance retention of pupils in school. We need to focus on quality of education rather than quantity,” said Millie

The conference brought together hundreds of head teachers serving in Nyanza region.

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‘I did not cheat in my marriage’ Jackie Matubia opens up

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Former Tahidi High actress Jackie Matubia has refuted claims that she cheated on her baby daddy and ex-husband Nyogz while still married.

Speaking during an interview with Masswe Japanni, Matubia shared

‘ I released myself from my marriage last year, when I told my mum about is she was afraid that history would repeat itself.

This is because she had been previously married but got divorced.

Our marriage broke because we rushed into it, we had no one to guide us.’

J Matubia

Matumbi added that the separation really affected their daughter.

‘The breakup really affected our child ,she would constantly cry. My baby daddy asked for forgiveness so many times.’

She also refuted claims that there was infidelity in her marriage

‘It’s a lie, there is no way one can go cheating when they know very well they are married.’

A radio Jambo fan joked that she should try Patanisho a segment that brings people together but she rejected the offer.

‘No thanks, but thank you for thinking about me.’

According A city woman who did not want to be identified she did not know Nyogz (Matubia’s ex) was a married man with a kid.

The lady revealed she met with the actress’ baby daddy on dating site Tinder and they immediately kicked off after exchanging numbers.

”We met on Tinder, after a while he asked for my number and since he never used to log in on the app regularly.

I gave it to him. So we started talking and that is when he lured me and I agreed, I guess I was so high then,” she revealed.

Jackie now says that at the time the two of them had already broken up.

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