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780 bags of contaminated cereals burnt ahead of Mukumu Girls’ reopening



About 800 bags of contaminated cereals from Mukumu Girls’ High School in Kakamega County have been destroyed at the Bamburi Cement kiln in Mombasa County.

Prior to its Monday reopening, the school, which had a sickness outbreak that claimed the lives of three children and a teacher, has also canceled all food supplier tenders.

Following the outbreak, Mukumu Girls’ was closed on April 16. The Education ministry then relocated the school’s principal, Fridah Ndolo, replaced her with Sr. Jane Mmbone, the principal of Shikoti Girls’ Secondary School, and abolished the board of management.

Ezekiel Machogu, the cabinet secretary for education, and Jane Amukoya Mmbone

On April 29, a meeting at the school came to an unruly conclusion after police were called to break up a parent protest.

Parents who were debating the school’s reopening demanded that the institution’s suspected-to-be-contaminated maize be destroyed, which caused chaos.

The commodities that were destroyed, including 444 bags of maize, 253 bags of beans, and 83 bags of rice, were transported to Mombasa for incineration in accordance with Nema’s regulations.

This happened as a result of the government’s inability to locate a large enough kiln in the Western and Nairobi regions.

The cereals that were sent for incineration were deemed unsafe for ingestion and seized by the public health department, according to Nema’s Kakamega environment director John Maniafu.

According to Mr. Maniafu, Kakamega stakeholders wanted the condemned food burned there, but that was not possible because it was prohibited by the waste management regulations of 2006, under the Environment and Coordination Act that guides disposal of hazardous materials including condemned food.

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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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