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Kajiado villagers chase visitors over coronavirus scare

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There was tension at a private farm at Duka Moja area in Kajiado Central after villagers surrounded it armed with sticks and rungus claiming that a group of unknown people had been ferried into the farm in the middle of the night.

The villagers claimed that eight women and five men were brought to work on the farm and were all sleeping in one tiny house in total disregard of social distancing in the wake of covid 19 outbreak.

They demanded that the ‘strangers’ be returned to where they came from as they were scared of Coronavirus being ‘brought’ into their village.

John Merin, a village elder said the group was sleeping in a poorly ventilated house and had no masks and if any of them had the virus it would easily spread in the village.

He added that the Government had directed that people should reduce unnecessary travels and work from home to curb the spread of the deadly virus yet the farm owner was bringing in groups of people to work in his farm without providing them with masks and sanitisers.

“We don’t want any visitors here, the Government said everyone should work from home so as to reduce the spread of the virus and yet people are being ferried from other places to come and work here in total disregard of the preventive measures issued,” said Merin.

Catherine Meroni, said the villagers had no problem with the group working at the farm but they were concerned that they all sleep in one tiny house and had no masks putting the whole village at risk of infection in case one of them is infected.

Meroni noted that there was no water or soap placed at the gate of the farm and people just walked in and out in total disregard of preventive measures laid out by the Ministry of Health.

“We have to protect ourselves and our children. We cannot allow just anyone to come here and we do not know whether they have Corona or not and yet they mingle with villagers. Everyone should stay home so as to reduce the spread of this disease,” she said.

However the farm manager claimed that the villagers were only protesting because they had not been employed and the jobs had been given to specialists who come from elsewhere.

It took the intervention of area MCA Samuel Teum to calm down the angry residents after being assured by the farm owner that the workers who had been brought in would be hosted elsewhere after working on the farm and sanitation facilities and masks would be provided.

Kajiado County Commissioner Joshua Nkanatha urged residents to strictly adhere to directives issued by the Ministry of Health so as to avoid contracting the Coronavirus.

He directed all public facilities to ensure that they provide soap and water for their customers and ensure that they wash their hands first before being attended to.

“I want to urge all residents to strictly follow the guidelines given by the Ministry of Health on how to prevent the spread of the highly contagious virus. We will firmly deal with anyone flouting the guidelines and putting the lives of other Kenyans at risk,” said the CC.

Nkanatha noted that surveillance had been heightened at Namanga, Shomploe and Loitokitok entry points from Tanzania and all vehicles entering the country ferrying goods will have to undergo fumigation before being allowed to pass through.

The CC further emphasized that the curfew would be implemented and enforced to the letter and warned residents to ensure that they are in their houses by 7pm without fail.

“We are strictly implementing the curfew order. All persons must be inside their homes between 7PM to 5AM.Plan your time well so as not to be caught up in traffic as the curfew must be strictly obeyed. We will not allow any excuses,” he said

The CC revealed that Kajiado was fully prepared in case of any eventualities and that isolation centres had been established in all the five sub counties and 20 boarding schools identified as quarantine areas.

He added that a Multi-agency committee had already been formed to monitor the spread of the viral infection at the county and trace any persons suspected to have been in close contact with already confirmed positive cases.

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KCSE A-listers who went for diplomas

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They came out tops in last year’s KCSE examinations and were assured of admission to prestigious degree courses and universities of their choice, but they have chosen a different path.

Bruno Sharif Kahindi, who scored an A of 81 points and who would have been enrolled to pursue a medicine course at the University of Nairobi, will instead join the Nairobi Technical Training Institute for a diploma in pharmaceutical technology.

His counterpart Titus Mokaya Ogamba, who scored an A- of 80 points, will trot to Masinde Muliro University to enroll for a diploma in music and dance.

The pair join more than 2,000 students who qualified for university admission last year, but who have opted to pursue diploma courses in technical and vocational institutions.

Statistics from the Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Service (KUCCPS) shows that 2,632 candidates, who would have been enrolled for university degrees, have instead been offered places in Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) colleges.

Other top performers in last year’s Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education examinations, who have chosen to join TVET colleges, are Emily Muhoria, who scored an A- and will study a diploma in chemical engineering and Mohamed Dowa, who has been admitted to Kagumo Teachers Training College to study a diploma in education despite scoring an A-.

KUCCPS data released on Tuesday also shows that 280 candidates who scored a B plain and above opted for diplomas in TVET colleges, snubbing some of the most competitive degree programmes in both public and private universities.

The students, who Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha described as TVET champions, include 11 students with A- and 66 with B+.

On Wednesday, KUCCPS chief executive John Muraguri explained that the top candidates were placed in institutions of their choices.

“We had applications made in schools, they did first and second revision and most of them affirmed that they wanted to study those courses,” he said on the telephone.

He said a number of students do not see the need to study for degree courses when they can take diploma courses which have more prospects in terms of employment and job opportunities.

However, he regretted that some learners only applied for courses while in secondary schools and did not make any follow up during revision.

“We therefore had no choice, but to place them where they wanted. But they will have an opportunity for transfers,” Mr Muraguri said.

School application marked the beginning of the placement process that saw applications from 2,228 of the 10,289 registered schools submit their candidates’ choices/preferences, which translated to 21.65 per cent.

“The placement board is concerned about this low participation of schools at this important stage of the placement process.

‘‘To address this concern, the board recommends to the Ministry of Education that it considers issuing a policy guideline to all schools, especially those with candidates eligible for placement to TVET institutions, to ensure that they submit the applications on behalf of their KCSE candidates for university and TVET placement,” Mr Muraguri said.

The TVET candidates were among 125,463 others who were eligible for placement to degree programmes.

Majority of the students opted for engineering, building and civil engineering, information technology, architecture, electrical and electric engineering, aeronautical engineering, pharmaceutical technology, civil engineering, computer science and building economics (quantity surveying), among others.

The most sought-after colleges, which offer diplomas in technical courses, are the Technical University of Kenya, Technical University of Mombasa and national polytechnics.

Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (Kuppet) secretary-general Akelo Misori said that unlike in the past, students are now taking courses that add value.

“We should support TVET sector because that is the future and we should allow students to take courses of their choice,” Mr Misori said.

He urged the government to strengthen career guidance in schools so that learners are advised accordingly.

He said many schools still struggle in terms of developing capacities of teachers to guide students on the right courses to pursue after secondary school.

Kenya should not be left behind

Educationist Andiwo Obondo said the world is moving towards TVET and Kenya should not be left behind.

“The decade of campaign is paying off now as we are giving premiums to TVET courses. Technology and engineering are now the drivers of the economy, and we must put emphasis on them,” he said, although he wants the government to improve facilities so that more students can get quality education.

“KUCCPS needs to do away with Sh500 application fee for those joining colleges and universities as it discourages learners to apply because they see it as extra cost to their parents,” Kenya Secondary School Heads Association (Kessha) chairman Kahi Indimuli said.

According to KUCCPS, 276,163 TVET programme vacancies were provided for placement with 88,724 applicants, translating to only 32 per cent of the total capacity.

The government plans to have 1,540 vocational training centres across the country by 2022 with each of the 290 constituencies having a technical college.

The government has also identified more than 10 national polytechnics to be centres of excellence in a move that seeks to attract more students who usually prefer to join universities.

Figures released on Tuesday show that 54.2 per cent or 66,661 of the 122,831 students placed to degree courses will join science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) programmes. In comparison, arts and humanities attracted 56,170 students or 45.7 per cent.

Some 2,632 candidates who scored C+ and above in the 2019 KCSE examination and qualified for placement to degree programmes opted for diploma courses in technical institutions.

Prof Magoha said the number of students preferring to join TVETs has been growing over time.

“In 2019, the number was 1,269. This is a clear indication that concerted efforts to improve enrolment in TVET courses are yielding fruits,” he said.

He admitted that low uptake of courses in TVET institutions has been because of negative attitude by parents and students.

By Nation.co.ke

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Betty Kyallo winning at co-parenting

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Betty Kyallo and her ex-husband Dennis Okari are ow co-parenting.

Speaking on her YouTube channel, she revealed they recently had a meeting.

Good morning guys. I have a busy day and I’m hoping to accomplish. I’m heading to the new flair by Betty where we’re relocating to. We have to finish by the end of this week because I already gave notice at FCB Mihrab and I’m to move out. After that, I have to go Kijabe street to check out the floorings, then visit a lighting shop, then go to the furniture shop on Mombasa road. After that, I have a meeting with Ivanna’s father (Okari) then meet my brand manager.

She didn’t vlog the part she met with Okari. Speaking to her daughter Ivanna who was busy scrolling through her phone, she asked

Ooh you took photos with your daddy? Daddy came to see you?

‘Yes,’ the little girl responded.

Her fans were happy to hear that she was on good terms with Okari and Abdirashid Abdi wrote,

Meeting with Ivan’s dad wow that is amazing

Recently, Betty Kyallo shared a video, confirming that she and Okari were co-parenting and he has been meeting their daughter.

‘MY BABY IS BECOMING A SWEET LITTLE GIRL 🎈🎈 SHE CHOOSES WHAT TO WEAR SHE LIKES DRESSES AND TRACK SUITS JUST LIKE ME❤️ SHE CHOSE WHAT TO WEAR TODAY BECAUSE SHE HAD A DATE WITH HER DAD ‘SHE LOVES MAKEUP, LIPSTICK ESPECIALLY 🤗🤗 SHE DOESN’T LIKE CUDDLES ANYMORE, I HAVE TO BEG FOR KISSES, SHE GIVES HUGS EASILY AND SHE DOESN’T LIKE OATS ANYMORE😆 I’M HAPPY GOD GAVE ME A SECOND CHANCE WITH HER,’ she posted a few days below she left K24. TV.

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VIDEO: Teacher Wanjiku’s reaction after receiving special message from Lupita Nyong’o

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This past weekend, actress Lupita Nyong’o went on to appreciate teacher Wanjiku in a post shared on her official instagram post.

As seen on the post, Lupita celebrated the mother of two for being an inspiration; and a perfect getaway especially with the ongoing lockdown.

According to Lupita Nyong’o, Teacher Wanjiku’s funny video clips have been keeping her busy during the compulsory lockdown; hence making life more bearable for her.

Through her instagram page the American actress went on to write saying;

When the world is dark and I’m feeling low… there’s always @teacherwanjiku! Thank you for lifting my spirits this morning and taking me back home for a moment. #SorryWorld, this post will be enjoyed by the Swahili speakers and folks who like the sound of a foreign language and those who just like hearing people laughing. Watch the whole bit on her ig page.

Kenyan product

Having started her career back home in Kenya; this was indeed a good gesture coming from Lupita who is now an international actress.

This is the first time the lady has gone ahead to appreciate the Kenyan talent through her instagram page. For this reason teacher Wanjiku on the other had – could not keep calm after being tagged on the post.

Through her instagram page, the comedian appreciated the love from Lupita as she thanked her for supporting the Kenyan talent.

Thank you @lupitanyongo 🙏 Asante sana #wajohn Ameenda international 😂😂😂😂😂

https://www.instagram.com/p/CAxrbyZALJ7/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

On the comment section fans also congratulated Teacher Wanjiku for the hard work she has been putting in all these years.

Others also felt challenged after seeing such a big star appreciate the comedian; wherelse other Kenyans prefer appreciating international acts, when the real deal is just in front of their eyes.

BY Ghafla.co.ke

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