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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.


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.