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Nine degrees no student wants to touch

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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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Magistrate fundraises for woman who stole weave to look pretty

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A court has contributed money to settle the debt of a woman who stole weaves worth Sh1,140. Karyn Chelagat from Kilifi said she stole the weaves because she wanted to look as beautiful as other women.

She told Resident Magistrate David Odhiambo she is poor and could not afford the weave.Amid sobs, Chelagat was accused of stealing from a supermarket in Mtwapa on Sunday.

“I stole the weaves from the supermarket because I wanted to look beautiful like other women I see around. I had gone to the supermarket to buy one but upon looking at the price tag, I was disappointed to find it was too expensive,” she said.”So I decided to steal it.”

She added that poverty has stopped her from grooming herself and ‘looking beautiful’.“When I came to town I saw women sporting good hair and wearing quality make-up. I wanted to be like them.”

Odhiambo decided against convicting her and instead requested the court to contribute the Sh1,140.“I request that the lawyers present in court and anyone willing to contribute at least Sh100 to compensate the supermarket and help raise some funds to help this woman.”

Lawyer William Bosire gave out Sh2,000 to settle Chelagat’s debt and keep her from staying in jail for two years or paying a Sh50,000 fine.Odhiambo also directed the investigating officer to return the stolen weaves to the supermarket and hand over the Sh2,000 to Chelagat for food and the debt.

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UoN student left for the dead after alleged beating by varsity guards

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A student at University of Nairobi was over the weekend allegedly battered by guards at the College of Architecture.

Students Organisation of Nairobi University (Sonu) chair Ann Mvurya accused the security guards, attached to Lavington Security Limited,  of beating Kelvin Ochieng despite his efforts to prove that he was a student.

The operations manager of Lavington Security Limited confirmed the incident to Nairobi News.

Ms Mvurya told journalists that Kelvin had even logged to his student portal and confirmed that he was a student of registration number D33/83354/2017.

“He had already logged in to his portal to confirm that he is indeed a student but the ignorant security guards, after failing to understand how a portal operates, started beating him up,” she said.

Ms Mvurya claimed the guards stole Sh3,200 from the student before ‘stripping him with an aim of covering their heinous acts’.

The student sustained deep head cuts and was taken to the University Health Service (UHS) dispensary.

“This is uncalled for and should be brought to an end,” she said.

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Ex-KRA boss Njiraini, Murugi shortlisted to head National Land Commission

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Former Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) Commissioner General John Njiraini is among the 11 candidates shortlisted for the chairperson of the National Land Commission.

Njiraini, who had sat at the helm of  KRA since March 2012, left last month after his term expired.

Former Nyeri MP Esther Murugi has also been listed as a contender for the NLC Board top seat that fell vacant when Mohammed Swazuri’s tenure ended.

Swazuri’s tenure was tainted with controversies and culminated in several arrests and subsequent arraignment.

On Tuesday, an advertisement in the local daily also named other candidates shortlisted for NLC Board Chairperson as Mwenda Makathimo (Executive Director of the Land Development & Governance Institute); prominent lawyer Gershom Otachi; Naomi Wagereka (former Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA) Chairperson); Robert Kilimo, Patrick Adolowa, Humphrey Njuguna, Paul Wambua, Tiyah Ali (Isiolo County MP) and Gershom Bw’Omanwa.

According to the National Land Commission, the above candidates were shortlisted from 117 applications which the commission received.

Notable personalities who were shortlisted for membership positions include Francis Nderitu (Ndaragwa MP), Prof Gitile Naituli and Adan Abdi Mohamed (former National Cohesion and Integration Committee (NCIC) commissioners), Boniface Otsyula (Bumula MP), Alex Muthengi (former Tharaka MP) and Omingo Magara (former South Mugirango MP).

The candidates are required to appear before an interview panel starting 7:30a.m on Monday, July 29.

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Upon interviews, two qualified applicants for the position of chairperson will be shortlisted and 16 for members, then forwarded to the President.

The President is then expected to nominate the chairperson and eight members within 14 days, then forward to the National Assembly for vetting within 21 days.

Should Parliament approve the names within seven days, they will be again forwarded to the President, who will then appoint them through a Gazette notice.

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