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Three Insurance firms eye Sh5.6bn medical cover for teachers

The lucrative multi-billion-shilling tender to provide medical cover to 298,000 teachers in Kenya has attracted bids from three insurance companies.

Liaison Insurance, AoN Kenya and Clarkson Insurance are eyeing the annual medical cover worth Sh5.6 billion.

The contract will be for three years, unlike previously when it was annual.

The trio has quoted between Sh14.7 billion and Sh17.7 billion for the three-year contract.

7000 MORE TEACHERS TO BE HIRED BY TSC NEXT MONTH

The Government will next month hire more than 7,000 teachers to ease shortages across the country.

About 4,000 will be for secondary schools while the rest will be sent to primary schools, said Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i.

“We intend to reduce the teacher-student ratio to a reasonable level. This will improve the quality of services delivered by teachers,” he said, adding that the State had allocated funds to ensure the transition rate from primary to secondary improved.

University graduates database set up in war on fake certificates

Employers will soon be able to access academic information on graduates from a State agency as the government races to curb the use of fake certificates in securing jobs.

The Kenya National Qualifications Authority has started a database that will have information on graduates from all levels of education.

The universities regulator has raised the alarm over increased use of fake degrees to secure employment in an economy with a shortage of openings in the job market.

Teachers medical cover extended by three months

The Teachers’ Service Commission has extended the just-ended one year comprehensive medical cover for teachers by three months starting July.

Multiple sources within the commission said the decision to grant AON Kenya Insurance Brokers an extension was reached on June 30.

“Since we had not procured afresh for the scheme, the idea to extend the contract has been on the cards for the last one month pending further decision,” a source said.

KRA releases penalty guidelines for 2.3m Kenyans who failed to file returns

Over 2.3 million taxpayers face a penalty of Sh50,000 for failing to file their 2015 tax returns. This is after the deadline lapsed on Thursday with only 1.7 million taxpayers beating the deadline.

The Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) has at the same time ruled out an extension of the filing period.

According to KRA, taxpayers will pay Sh1,000 each day they fail to file their 2015 tax returns, but the penalty is capped at a maximum of Sh50,000.

Students burn down dorm in Kisii over Euro football match miss out

Students of Itierio Boys High School in Kisii burnt down seven of their 12 dormitories after their teachers refused to allow them to watch a football match on television on Saturday night.

The students reacted in anger after learning that they would not be allowed to watch the game between Portugal and Croatia in the ongoing European championships, Euro 2016.

The game, which started at 10pm, ended in a nil-nil draw and was extended to extra time, during which Portugal scored the winning goal. As a result, it ended past midnight.

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TSC signs all inclusive pay agreement with teachers’ union

Teachers and their employer on Tuesday signed a Collective Bargaining Agreement that introduces a standard daily subsistence allowance for those working outside their duty stations.

The agreement, the first ever between the unions and TSC, is meant to resolve perennial disputes over allowances and basic pay which have seen learning regularly disrupted owing to strikes by teachers.

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Matiangi Sued over sacking of top varsity official

A lobby group has challenged the dismissal of a University of Nairobi official by the University Council.

The Consumers Federation of Kenya (Cofek) on Tuesday sued Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i, UoN Vice-Chancellor Peter Mbithi and the council’s chairman, Idle Omar Farah, for the sacking of Bernard Njoroge, the deputy vice-chancellor for administration and finance.

No money to hire more Teachers, says TSC

The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) has said the amount allocated for employment of more teachers is insufficient.

TSC chairperson Lydia Nzomo on Friday said the shortage of funds is was the main reason for understaffing and is hampering efforts to employ more teachers.

“What is always allocated to us from the Treasury is not enough because the major problem in the country are the many competing needs.

However, we are asking for more funds to cater for this and in the meantime, we are asking for patience,” Dr Nzomo said.

japan 2017 scholarship

Undergraduate Students

2017 applications now open. Application deadline is Tuesday, May 24, 2016.

 

This scholarship is open to students from Kenya and Seychelles. It is for those who are interested in undertaking undergraduate courses in Japan.

 

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