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Class One pupils to receive laptops on Monday

Class One pupils in 150 selected schools countrywide will have their first laptops delivered on Monday next week, as the Sh17 billion project begins to be rolled out.

Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) and Moi University will provide laptops, routers and servers in this pilot phase.

They will then move on to deliver 600,000 laptops to some schools by June in the first phase .

Principals protest as pupils with low marks land slots in top schools

A section of secondary schools are up in arms over the Form One selection criteria, which has seen pupils with as low as 212 marks join top schools.

The Sunday Nation has learnt that some extra-county schools (previously known as provincial schools) are protesting to the Education ministry over the calibre of some of the students posted there.

In the Nyanza region, for example, two extra-county schools have each received more than 30 students who scored way less than 250 out of the possible 500 marks in last year’s KCPE.

The University of Nairobi has been ranked the fifth best university in Africa

The University of Nairobi has been ranked the fifth best university in Africa. This is two steps from position seven in last year's ranking, according to Spanish research firm Webometrics. This puts UoN at position 697 globally. Prof Olive Mugenda's led Kenyatta University was ranked 18, an improvement of 20 steps compared to last year's 38.

TSC to release Sh700 million for relief teachers by end of january 2016

TSC will pay the 70,000 relief teachers employed during the month long teachers strike by February 1.

CEO Nancy Macharia on Monday told the National Assembly Public accounts Committee the Commission was finalising processing wages after a three-month delay.

"We have heard the concerns of the teachers. We are going to pay all teachers at the end of this month and you can quote me on that," Macharia said.

"The commission has a budget. We are going to pay them."

Form One students will get admission letters online

Parents will now know the schools their Form One children have been admitted to by logging into a website, Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang'i has said.

Launching this year’s Form One selection on Thursday, Dr Fred Matiangi said the ministry was piloting an online system of transmitting admission letters to candidates so as to expedite their access to admission information.

2015 kcse top performers to sit for merit exams before joining universities

People will be celebrating the New Year but some will be shocked by impending changes. This time it is the 2015 candidates who will have to feel the pinch of the incoming cabinet secretary of education Fred Matiang’i. According to close sources from the ministry of education, Fred Matiang’I have  instructed university heads to set new exams with quality such as K.C.S.E for students to take before joining university. This will serve as merit test for students joining university to take various courses. If you are a candidate of 2015, set your mind for another merit exam.

Teachers collect signatures to send TSC home over row

Teachers have begun collecting signatures to send home commissioners at their employment body for denying them a salary increment.

The Kenya Union of Post-Primary Education Teachers (Kuppet) said the Lydia Nzomo-led commission had also refused to deduct their union dues, as has been the norm, with an aim of paralyzing their union.

The union is targeting at least 34,000 signatures from its members countrywide.

Top performers in 2015 KCPE exam

Felistus Onduso of Gilgil Hills Academy is the top girl and second best nationally after scoring 445 marks

Felistus Onduso of Gilgil Hills Academy is the top girl and second best nationally after scoring 445 marks.

 

 

About 7,560 of 937,467 students got more than 400 marks in the 2015 KCPE exam whose results were announced on Wednesday.

In a breakdown of the results at Mtihani House on Wednesday, Education CS Fred Matiang'i said 201,986 students attained marks between 301 and 400.

Some 499,568 scored between 201 and 300, 215, 614 from 101 to 200 marks and 3,061 less than 100 points.

Equity Bank to give 2,000 scholarships to needy KCPE candidates

Equity Group Foundation will give scholarships to some 2,000 Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) candidates.

To qualify for the comprehensive secondary school scholarships, the 2015 KCPE candidates must have scored 350 marks in the examinations whose results will be released on Wednesday.

According to the foundation’s Managing Director, Ms Hellen Gichohi, the release of the KCPE results will open the application period for the scholarships which will run from December 30 and close on January 6.

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Teachers oppose signing of performance contracts

The Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) has opposed the directive by the Teachers Services Commission (TSC) that headteachers and teachers sign performance contract starting January.

John Gitari Munyi, KNUT Embu Branch Secretary, that KNUT and the TSC have not had any discussions around the performance contract it (TSC) wants the teachers to sign.

Gitari said that in normal circumstances, TSC and KNUT ought to sit and iron out the contracts in order for the union to guide its members on the pros and cons of the contract.

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