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 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.
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 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.
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.