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TSC reveals regions teachers seeking transfers love most

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After a drive by the government to implement the delocalization policy, official data from the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) shows that Nairobi City County is the place that teachers requesting transfers desire the most.

According to information provided by the commission to the Senate Committee on Education, 36,277 teachers asked for transfers nationwide between November 1 of last year and January 31 of this year.

14,733 of these transfer requests were matched and granted approval, whereas 21,544 are still waiting.

In contrast to the 76 teachers who asked to be transferred outside of Nairobi during the same period, 1,885 instructors applied to be transferred to the capital city.

At the end of January, only 41 of the 1,162 requests for elementary schools and four of the 723 requests for secondary schools had been granted.

During the same period, 45 primary school teachers left the capital while only one secondary school teacher left. The highest number of primary school teachers (1,336) applied to be transferred to Bungoma County but also 1,074 others want to be transferred out of the county.

Kajiado County also emerged as one of the most preferred counties after receiving 237 transfer requests for teachers in secondary schools against 94 who requested to be transfer out of the county. For primary school teachers, 486 applied to work in the county against 434 who asked to be taken elsewhere.

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Vihiga: Section of Secondary School dorm razed, no injuries

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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

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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

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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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