February 21st 2018


Students get spot admission to Kenya Water Institute during Wajir East career talk

Abdirahman Rashid Farah | Saturday, 13 Jan 2018 16:21 EAT

“We need these institutions here so that our people do not have to go all the way to Nairobi or other parts of the country for courses that can be easily offered in middle-level-colleges,” said the MP.

“I don’t want to see any more cases of parents selling their precious animals for the purpose of school fees,” he said. He said there were five boarding schools in grazing zones which need full support on matters food and infrastructure.

Ahmed Liban Secondary School shines to produce Wajir's top KCSE hero with A-

Abdirahman Rashid Farah | Wednesday, 20 Dec 2017 19:54 EAT

The school's principal was in Nairobi when the results were announced. He told this writer in a phone interview that he was happy with the result, which he said was not a miracle but the logical outcome of the remarkable effort teachers and students invested during the preparation for the exam.

Nakuru Governor working to transform Nakuru into an education city

Jackson Okata | Friday, 15 Dec 2017 12:39 EAT

The Governor said that he is working closely with private investors towards turning Nakuru into an education city that will serve students from all over the country. He called on the graduands to fully utilize the knowledge they acquired in bettering their lives and helping their parents.

Kitui County receives Sh100 million health equipment from USAid

Boniface Mulu | Friday, 24 Nov 2017 12:19 EAT

The equipment that included two maternity beds, cabinets, cryotherapy machines, tables, chairs, cylinders and gas, were handed over to Governor Charity Kaluki Ngilu by the Aphia Plus Kitui County Programmes Coordinator Patience Ziro at a function held at the Kitui County Referral Hospital.

Kitui County receives Sh100 million health equipment from USAid

Boniface Mulu | Friday, 24 Nov 2017 12:19 EAT

The equipment that included two maternity beds, cabinets, cryotherapy machines, tables, chairs, cylinders and gas, were handed over to Governor Charity Kaluki Ngilu by the Aphia Plus Kitui County Programmes Coordinator Patience Ziro at a function held at the Kitui County Referral Hospital.

Kitui County receives Sh100 million health equipment from USAid

Boniface Mulu | Friday, 24 Nov 2017 12:19 EAT

The equipment that included two maternity beds, cabinets, cryotherapy machines, tables, chairs, cylinders and gas, were handed over to Governor Charity Kaluki Ngilu by the Aphia Plus Kitui County Programmes Coordinator Patience Ziro at a function held at the Kitui County Referral Hospital.

KUSU pushes for suspension of Masinde Muliro VC

Jackson Okata | Thursday, 23 Nov 2017 13:46 EAT

“In the course of the investigations, the vice chancellor has intimidated staff involved in the investigations process through transfers, demotions, interdiction and dismissals contrary to the Leadership and Integrity regulation No. 8 of 2015,” reads part of the letter.

Wajir's Shibli Star Intergrated Academy posts impressive results in 2017 KCPE

Abdirahman Rashid Farah | Wednesday, 22 Nov 2017 17:42 EAT

The principal said, "The era when only boys competed for the top positions in examinations is gone. Through their ever rising educational attainment, our girls are laying the foundation for a more prosperous, equitable and cohesive society in future," he said.

Excel Academy produces Wajir's best KCPE performer, who scored 414 Marks

Abdirahman Rashid Farah | Wednesday, 22 Nov 2017 16:45 EAT

"This was definitely one of the best classes we have had, and we are proud of their achievement," said Mr Omar, a University of Nairobi-educated political scientist and educationist. "We trained them well and I personally feel was uplifted to have seen them pass through my hand."

Kenya farmers urged to invest in farming technology

Jackson Okata | Wednesday, 22 Nov 2017 12:12 EAT

He noted that with the increased encroachment on potential agricultural land and the rapid urbanization of Kenyan towns, the country has been left with very little farming land hence the need to transform arid and semi arid land into agricultural land.

Safaricom Foundation sets aside Sh26 million for free medical camps

Njuguna Kiru | Tuesday, 07 Nov 2017 12:55 EAT

"Through these camps we are able to sensitize more people about non-communicable diseases like diabetes and the role that a healthy lifestyle plays in preventing such ailments." said Kenya Diabetes Management and Information Centre Executive Director Eva Muchemi.

Man's earliest ancestors discovered in southern England

Free Press Correspondent | Tuesday, 07 Nov 2017 12:37 EAT

Professor Martill said: "We looked at them with a microscope but despite over 30 years' experience these teeth looked very different and we decided we needed to bring in a third pair of eyes and more expertise in the field in the form of our colleague, Dr Sweetman.

Ongoing rains should catalyse our solutions for flooding in Nairobi

Angeline Mbogo | Tuesday, 07 Nov 2017 06:53 EAT

Impervious surfaces like concrete do not absorb surface runoff. Rather, they redirect rainwater to drainage systems which are often clogged with debris and solid waste hence causing floods. To correct this issue, permeable surfaces are recommended. Permeable surfaces are characterized by more vegeta

Tragedy as KCPE candidate is hit while celebrating Uhuru win

Jackson Okata | Thursday, 02 Nov 2017 22:22 EAT

According to his Mother Beatrice Wacera Chege, the boy who is currently admitted at St. Mary’s hospital in Gilgil is still unconscious and already has a fractured left leg, hand and bruises on both legs.

Top Migori school, Rosehill, cerebrates inaugural graduation fete

Free Press Correspondent | Monday, 30 Oct 2017 15:27 EAT

Its graduation ceremony was graced by the chief guest, KUPPET national official Edward Obwocha, the school's founder and director Rose Akelo, the headtacher Kennedy Oloo among other dignitaries.

Duale said, "I am thankful to the president and his deputy for awarding Garissa University to be charted. The university will accommodate all Kenyas regardless of their clan, religion or gender, and anyone wishing to study in Garissa University all are welcome."

Nairobi's water crisis easy to redress if we get priorities right

Angeline Mbogo | Saturday, 14 Oct 2017 15:51 EAT

By increasing the number of trees in parks and including them in infrastructure, Nairobi will experience increased rainfall which will consequently increase the water supply. Additionally, trees provide shade, they reduce soil erosion, and they increase the drainage of surface runoff.

Globally, some 61 million people suffer serious physical and psychological suffering and pain each year. Of this total, some 83 percent live in low and middle-income countries where access to low-cost, off-patent morphine is rare or completely unavailable, even though the cost should be pennies a ta

The director of mental health Dr Simon Njuguna said that investing in healthy workplaces will go a long way in promoting health in all its facets and thereby boost socio- economic development for the achievement of vison 2030 targets and sustainable development goals.

How would world-renowned teachers redesign curricula?

Free Press Correspondent | Wednesday, 27 Sep 2017 16:03 EAT

It connects today’s top thought leaders with a diverse global audience of parents, students and educators. Its highly readable platform allows for discourse concerning our highest ideals and the sustainable solutions we must engineer to achieve them.

Soot free is defined as including any engine that meets Euro VI norms first established in Europe or EPA 2010 norms first established in the United States, and any diesel engine with a diesel particulate filter, gas-powered engine, or a dedicated electric drive engine.

With the new funding, production will be scaled up to reach 15 million additional users. Across its global sanitation and hygiene activities, LIXIL aims to provide safe sanitation for 100 million additional people worldwide by the end of 2020.

WWF partners with AfDB on the Africa Nationally Determined Contributions Hub

Free Press Correspondent | Thursday, 21 Sep 2017 14:36 EAT

The Hub will provide regional member countries with a one-stop centre for technical assistance on NDC strategy development, facilitating access to climate finance and scientific knowledge, capacity building, peer-to-peer learning and best-practice sharing, monitoring and evaluation, and project orig

The director however pointed out that the grace period is for the seedlings that have already been planted for the next KFS planting season adding that any new seedlings at the moment will be planted on biodegradable bags.

He added that the school also has a shortage of teachers has only six teacher from the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) with the rest being employed by parents whereby he called on the Minister for Education Fred Matiangi' to employ more teachers at the school.

"My customers are used to free packaging and carrying bags, so I can’t start selling to them now or hike the prices of my products to cushion myself from the bio-friendly bags, they won’t accept", says the South B based stall owner.

Coming face-to-face with disability could end supernatural myth-making in Africa

Free Press Correspondent | Monday, 04 Sep 2017 12:37 EAT

Lead researcher Dr Karen Bunning, from UEA’s School of Health Sciences, said: “Information on the medical causes of childhood disability are not widely available across communities in low-income countries and understanding is generally poor.

Ogilvy Africa wins five medal at the Loeriest

Free Press Reporter | Wednesday, 30 Aug 2017 18:40 EAT

The Most Eligible Bachelor campaign that run in April was in partnership with Ol Pejeta Conservancy and Tinder, the world's leading social app for meeting new people.

Most often than not, if changes in policy are abrupt, then businesses tend to incur major costs in order to make the necessary adjustments and in some cases have to shut down entirely, laying off workers and bearing huge losses.

UNICEF official says Kitui County leads Kenya in handwashing

Boniface Mulu | Wednesday, 30 Aug 2017 16:35 EAT

“I have been doing this programme in more than 300 primary schools in more than 15 counties of Kenya, but the quality of work here is quite excellent,” the UNICEF official said.

Kabianga University triumphs in concluded music festival

Lemmy Bramwel | Tuesday, 25 Jul 2017 16:26 EAT

The festival brought together over 150,000 participants from primary schools, secondary schools, colleges, technical training institutes, polytechnics all the way to universities carefully selected in the previous stages to represent their respective regions.

Environmental dangers outweigh 1,050 Megawatt Coal Power Plant in Lamu

Julliet Mwihaki | Friday, 21 Jul 2017 10:45 EAT

The residents also claimed that the project proponents have not met minimal requirements to inform and hold public participation fora with the affected communities, while they have been subject to intimidation and interference when trying to hold community discussions about the project.

With encouragement of critical and creative thinking, nurturing learners’ creativity, development of students’ confidence and capacity to develop practical solutions, we might as well be creating a generation of citizens adept at solving real world problems facing us today.

Meanwhile the Ministry has been faced by another tussle pitting Kenya Union of Teachers (KNUT) Secretary General Wilson Sossion supporting opposition NASA coalition while union chairman Mudzo Nzili is campaigning for Jubilee party.

Inua Jamii programme will be enabling the old grannies to receive money from the government after every month. The programme has in the past been engulfed in controversy with allegations that some people are receiving money on behalf of the old aged.

Public universities remain paralysed as strike enters second day

Winfred Mbuya Mwaniki | Tuesday, 04 Jul 2017 17:41 EAT

In the universities where the lecturers have not cooperated, the staff has taken it as their initiative to evict both the lecturers and the students from the classes. In universities like Kisii, where the strike started on Monday, the lecturers have joined the workers in a go slow.

The strike is likely to affect the academic calendar as it has done before since the public universities are re-opening after re-adjusting their programs owing to the previous strike that happened on the same grounds of implementing the CBA. About 33 public universities might be affected.

Machakos residents want sand harvesting along Athi river banned

Oscar Ndunda | Friday, 30 Jun 2017 10:29 EAT

They are calling upon the National Environmental Management Authority (NEMA and the Machakos County government to step in and take over the matter with urgency to ban sand harvesting before the river becomes distinct.

Kitui County Government mobilizes locals to conserve the environment

Boniface Mulu | Tuesday, 27 Jun 2017 10:54 EAT

The minister said that we do not just plant trees but we grow trees. He said that the Kitui County government is coordinating the mining of coal, iron ore and gypsum among many other types of minerals in the county for the benefits of the local people.

Teachers refuse to be posted to arid and semi-arid areas. They also decline to be posted to hardship areas, often opting for towns and easily accessible stations," said Emmanuel Manyasa, Uwezo Kenya country manager

Kitui County schools encouraged to conserve the environment

Boniface Mulu | Wednesday, 07 Jun 2017 14:50 EAT

“Environmental conservation is a collective responsibility,” he said at the Kitui Central Primary School in Kitui Town during their auditing report for tree growing in Kitui County’s schools where Kitui Central Primary School was the climax.

Mr Ngaa announced that the school emerged number 25 out of the Kitui County’s 384 public secondary schools in the 2016 KCSE. And he added that they were number two out of all the 16 secondary schools in Nzambani District.

Two Kangundo women charged with operating pharmacies illegally

Oscar Ndunda | Wednesday, 07 Jun 2017 12:01 EAT

They both denied the charges and were released on Sh20,000 cash bail. Both cases will be mentioned on June 23. Martha Muingai's case will be heard on July 5 while Lilian Muinde's will be heard on July 3.

No turning back on plastics ban, says Government

Jackson Okata | Monday, 05 Jun 2017 19:25 EAT

On the implementation of the ban, the director general NEMA Prof. Geoffrey Wakhungu said that they have already developed appropriate implementation strategies to ensure its effectiveness. He said the strategies include media campaigns and public awareness strategies.

For AstraZeneca, PEPFAR’s sizeable patient reach in Kenya enables the concurrent screening for hypertension in this and other hard-to-reach populations.

Kenya Utalii College set to open campuses countrywide

Jackson Okata | Thursday, 25 May 2017 10:23 EAT

He said that the move was driven by the fact that 70 percent of hospitality industry workers had no formal training. He pointed out that the college had embarked on offering the short refresher courses as a way of giving back to the stakeholders in the industry since they pay catering levy to the co

General Electric awards Kenyan women's health mobiliser Mercy Owuor

Edith Kariuki | Tuesday, 23 May 2017 11:43 EAT

As one of the key partners of the WGH movement, GE Healthcare actively supports its’ vision to elevate and support the role of women in healthcare, whilst creating gender responsive leaders in global health

The minister also announced that his ministry had been given Sh200 million by the African Development Bank (ADB) for the development of agriculture, water and irrigation ministry for environmental conservation.

Kenya marks World Hypertension Day with growing calls for awareness

Lucy Mwihaki | Wednesday, 17 May 2017 16:24 EAT

According to Senior Deputy Director of Medical Services in Kenya, Dr Pauline Onyancha, one out of four people in Kenya is affected by hypertension and so people should not ignore going out for checkup. "People should stop assuming that they are safe from non communicable diseases (NCDs).

"We want the county government to take action immediately. A walk across Tala can show anyone how garbage is lying all over especially behind residential areas, since garbage collection is very poor," said a representative of the residents.

KUPPET women representative retains seat in by-election

Lucy Mwihaki | Monday, 15 May 2017 20:07 EAT

Led by KUPPET chairman Omboko Milemba, the delegates conducted a repeat election for the position after Mrs Murundu filed the case alleging that the elections were not free and fair. Today's repeat election was done at the Kenya Railway Club where over 180 delegates participated.

HELB on the spot as university students loan delays become rampant

Free Press Reporter | Friday, 12 May 2017 16:28 EAT

This website learnt about the cases of students who had their loans approved in December 2016 but are yet to receive the funds as of this month. For a process that under regulations should take no more than three months, in some cases student loans are processed for up to five or six months.

Masinde Muliro University selected to host Kenya Music Festival

Jack Otwala | Thursday, 11 May 2017 09:26 EAT

This year’s Festival will begin at the zonal, sub-county and county levels, to be followed by the regional level on June 4-17. The national level competition is slated for July 10-22 at the Masinde Muliro University, Kakamega.

One in ten Nakuru Class 8 pupils can't do Class 2 maths

Jackson Okata | Tuesday, 09 May 2017 17:51 EAT

In Nakuru, most ECD schools lack teachers despite the county government having constructed classrooms. Ms Kipruto therefore challenged county governments to put more efforts in improving ECD education.

This transformation is the first in the hospital in 54years of independence and has only been made possible by the devolution of health services to county government under the 2010 constitution. The hospital commemorates 76years since its establishment by the colonial authority in 1941.

Dr Atellah accused the Bomet county government for victimizing doctors who participated in the strike, and regretted that this was going against the agreement signed between the doctors' union and the government, which brought to an end the longest doctors strike in Kenya's history.

Philips partners with Kenya, UN to spur primary healthcare provision

David Jagongo | Tuesday, 02 May 2017 21:35 EAT

The unique platform will bring together executive leadership from government, development partners, private sector organizations and civil society to investigate opportunities for accelerating universal access to primary healthcare services in Kenya.

“There is an urgent need for sustained public awareness campaigns and interventions to reduce these  risk  factors  and  the  burden  of  cardiovascular  diseases in Kenya. The National  NCD Strategy and key regulations to control tobacco and alcohol use are in place.

Africa can eradicate polio, say billionaires Angote, Gates

David Jagongo | Tuesday, 25 Apr 2017 22:10 EAT

"Data can tell a health officer which communities are running low on vaccine supplies, where there are gaps in vaccination coverage, and which new mothers need reminders to take their babies to the health clinic to be immunized"', they said.

Matiang’i warns school heads against unnecessary increment of fees

Jackson Okata | Tuesday, 25 Apr 2017 16:04 EAT

On the issue of school buses, the CS warned headteachers against acquiring bank loans to purchase school buses saying that it is the parents who bear the burden of paying back the loans. He advised school heads to privatize school transport in that they will only hire school transport when needed.

Turkana County, like most of these affected areas, has suffered two seasons of rainfall failure, leaving 276,200 people at risk, according to the January 2017 National Drought Management Authority (NDMA) short rains assessment.

According to the Meteorological Department's forecast for the next seven days (18-24th April), rainfall is expected over several parts of the country during the first half of the forecast period. Towards the end of the forecast period rainfall amounts are expected to reduce.

Time running out for decision on legalisation of marijuana

Joe Khamisi | Thursday, 13 Apr 2017 13:52 EAT

Proponents of the intoxicant claim by prohibiting it the government was going against African tradition. They claim weed has been used for generations as part of ritual ceremonies.

NEMA to charge election aspirants for 'poster pollution'

Jackson Okata | Wednesday, 12 Apr 2017 09:22 EAT

Meanwhile, IEBC Communications and Public Affairs Manager Andrew Limo welcomed the move saying it was the right of Kenyans to have a clean environment. “It is a great initiative that should be supported but should be taken by NEMA and county government,” Mr Limo said.

The 2014 cohort currently in Form 4 have had three other congresses while in Form 1, 2, and 3 under the themes of Value Based Leadership in 2014; Preparing Ethical Leaders for a Global Society in 2015; and Leadership and Giving in 2016.

New private sector-led effort to replant Mau Forest

Priscillah Wanjiru | Saturday, 08 Apr 2017 11:41 EAT

“Our partnership with ISLA is part of our commitment to promote the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. The conservation of this forest will be a step forward towards combating the impact of climate change,” said Henry Kilonzo from Safaricom Foundation.

Activist provokes vibrant debate on legalisation of bhang

Nyambura Muthoni | Friday, 07 Apr 2017 16:45 EAT

Bhang is widely consumed in Africa and among the black diaspora in the Americas, notably the United States, Central America, Brazil and other Latin American countries with black population.

Residents of Tala Town counting losses after heavy downpour

Oscar Ndunda | Friday, 07 Apr 2017 10:23 EAT

"We woke up in the morning and we shocked to find our houses and shops filled with water and we are holding the contractor constructing the Tala-Donyo Sabuk road for failing to build drainage," said Mr Muange, a resident and businessman.

Kenya needs to tap the economic value of waste

Phyllis Wakiaga | Thursday, 06 Apr 2017 17:42 EAT

The approximate cost benefit analysis shows that waste collection alone can employ on average 4,000 people with an estimate earning of Sh576 million. The revenue from recycled material would generate Sh6.3 million daily and Sh2 billion annually.

Lamu civic groups accuse Energy Commission of working in cahoots with Amu Power

Free Press Correspondent | Sunday, 02 Apr 2017 12:48 EAT

“To make the above decision, the Commission claims to have held a public hearing in Lamu to hear the community’s complaints. While the ERC sent commissioners to Lamu on 6th December to hear Save Lamu’s objections, Save Lamu insists that a fair hearing was not given,” he said.

Govt should promote plastic recycling, not impractical bans than have failed before

Timothy Nyarera Ongubo | Saturday, 25 Mar 2017 19:52 EAT

Recycling plastic waste by converting it into synthetic wood and poles, other than it permanently withdrawing this pollutant from the environment, has the advantage of reducing the tendency to cut down trees and hence sustainably conserve our forest resources.

Survey reveals higher TB prevalence rate

Samuel Owida | Friday, 24 Mar 2017 18:34 EAT

The report established that a majority of TB cases were HIV negative, suggesting that broad efforts at controlling TB in people with and without HIV are needed and further observation confirming that the current practice of screening for TB symptoms using microscopy as the only test misses many case

Building our economy on water

Phyllis Wakiaga | Wednesday, 22 Mar 2017 17:14 EAT

Gone are the days when water was perceived as an infinite resource that can be found virtually anywhere. With growing populations and growing industries, water has become a vital resource in need of our utmost efforts in protection and conservation.

Aga Khan University launches Mombasa Research Office

Liza Makena | Saturday, 18 Mar 2017 14:24 EAT

The office is expected to attract investment in projects, which will lead to positive behavior change and improve the quality of people’s lives in the region. It will also provide a platform for networking among various partners engaged in development initiatives in the Coast region.

Manufacturers oppose ban on plastics, want more time

Cynthia Gitau | Thursday, 16 Mar 2017 09:49 EAT

KAM says Kenya currently has over 176 plastic manufacturing companies which it claimed employed “directly 2.89 percent of all Kenyan employees and indirectly employ over 60,000 people. These jobs and livelihoods will be negatively affected by this ban.”

Here’s how to end water shortage in Machakos town: Expert

Free Press Correspondent | Wednesday, 15 Mar 2017 09:40 EAT

“The reservoir capacity of Maruba Dam site has never been exhausted. The dam site has a potential backwash area of about three kilometers from the dam axis but this potential water storage natural wide valley is silted intensively,” says Dr Muia, who teaches Geology at a local university.

"We thank the doctors that have so far gone back to work. We note the union’s statement on the subject, which was sent to doctors last night. But the President’s resolve and message remain the same: there will be no more chicanery on this subject," said Mr Esipisu.

UASU demands reveal skills shortage at Salaries Commission

Liza Makena | Friday, 10 Mar 2017 11:58 EAT

"We were waiting for the commission to respond to this letter by clarifying the principles underlining their work, but we were shocked to be informed that the letter had been forwarded to consultants to whom our own letter was copied and which SRC could easily see on the cc column".

According to KNUT leadership the union membership now stands at 174,972, down from 197,555 last year and 200,645 in 2014. This has affected the union’s annual revenue which declined by Sh286 million, from Sh1.345 billion to Sh1.059 billion.

In rejecting the system, the lecturers have indicted the Salaries and Remuneration Commission and exposed weaknesses in the ongoing job evaluation for public servants, for which the SRC is using a single model despite the complexities in different kinds of work in the public sector.

The CS noted that 70 percent of Kenyans wildlife was living outside the protected areas something she said is regrettable. Kenya has a total of 50 protected areas across all ecosystems.

Nakuru County, partners launch guidelines to improve healthcare

Jackson Okata | Friday, 03 Mar 2017 10:11 EAT

On costing of family planning Mungai said that Nakuru County stands at 54 percent meaning that 50 percent of the women are not accessing contraceptives. He noted that family planning translates to improved livelihood adding that it prevents maternal death by 50 percent .

What we found strange was that, in his call, the principal insisted that our story was given to us by cabinet secretary Fred Matiangi. “The minister is misleading you,” he said.

Moi University unable to pay salaries, seeking urgent state help

Free Press Reporter | Wednesday, 01 Mar 2017 17:50 EAT

The university normally pays salaries from the 25th of each month, but this time it has been unable to meet this timeline, with many lecturers and other non-academic staff reporting that their salaries had not been remitted to their bank accounts as of today March 1.

Homa Bay governor gives ear to health workers' union, but crisis remains

Free Press Correspondent | Wednesday, 01 Mar 2017 09:56 EAT

The county has only about 30 doctors, among the lowest in the country, with one doctor for a population of more than 150,000 people in some constituencies such as Mbita, Kabondo Kasipul and Ndhiwa.

Unqualified degree students demand refund from Mt. Kenya University

Free Press Correspondent | Sunday, 26 Feb 2017 12:15 EAT

"These are new conditions being adopted midstream and we want guidance from the university regarding students who don't possess these minimum standards," said a student at the Kabarnet Campus.

Kenya Forest Service in Sh56 million staff housing project

Jackson Okata | Friday, 24 Feb 2017 12:29 EAT

On Mau Forest reclamation, the director commended KFS staff for their efforts, saying that more than 60,000 hectares have been reclaimed with most of them being in South Western Mau and Marioshoni.

It should not be lost on them and the national government that when the rains will fall as they are beginning to, these decomposing carcasses will be washed downstream into rivers and lakes where majority of our poor populations still fetch water for domestic use.

Private universities facing crisis as Matiangi reforms set to begin

Priscillah Wanjiru | Friday, 17 Feb 2017 11:43 EAT

Dr Matiangi has announced the stoppage of online, distance and school-based learning programmes pending their review. However, he said some findings of the quality inspection of universities report would need to be corrected before the report is implemented.

Busia residents marvel at new 'lake' in region

Free Press Correspondent | Wednesday, 15 Feb 2017 19:55 EAT

The sudden rise in water levels has stunned residents with social media including those owned by some main stream media abuzz with news about the "rare" phenomenon.Odende was non committal that the waterway which is in a wetland area is a Lake. " We need hydrologists to come and ascertain the dynami

Why Somali mothers from Wajir prefer midwives to hospitals

Abdirahman Rashid Farah | Wednesday, 15 Feb 2017 15:39 EAT

According to Mr Abdullahi Hassan Maalim, the chief officer of public health and sanitation, the county has expanded health and raised the number of dispensaries from 55 to 112.

A three judge bench comprised of Justices Wanjiru Karanja, Hannah Okwengu and Jamilla Mohamed at the same time directed negotiations to take place in the next seven days and the matter be back in court February 23.

Government on the spot over deaths from hunger

Joshua Mwangangi | Tuesday, 14 Feb 2017 16:02 EAT

Words of government spokesman rises repeated questions to the people as it is known that during the past rain season different parts of Kenya received little rains or else others did not even get any.

KMA cancels Mailu, Muraguri membership as private doctors join strike

Cecilia Karanja | Tuesday, 14 Feb 2017 15:16 EAT

"In view of their role in the ongoing crisis and their crimes of omission and commission, KMA hereby revokes the membership of the two for one year," the association said in the statement issued after a meeting of its top decision-making board.

Uproar as doctors' officials sent to jail

Cecilia Karanja | Monday, 13 Feb 2017 17:15 EAT

Interior Permanent Secretary Karanja Kibicho has been in news for defying court orders in relation to compensating a torture victim and the matter has never been determined.

Raila floats measures to tackle famine

Reuben Gitahi | Sunday, 12 Feb 2017 20:18 EAT

"The government must appeal to our citizens with huge tracts of idle land with grass or hay and water to be their brothers’ keepers and allow herders to access those farms under the watch of agricultural officers to save livelihoods."

Government carries responsibility for failing to end doctors’ strike

Priscillah Wanjiru | Saturday, 11 Feb 2017 17:34 EAT

The doctors’ resolve has also been strengthened by the fact that the government has refused to make any concessions, sticking to the same deal the doctors’ union turned down in the first week of the strike.

Raging fire guts Ruma National Park in Homa Bay

Samuel Owida | Tuesday, 07 Feb 2017 14:20 EAT

Senior Warden Felix Mwangangi confirmed the destruction of another 20 hectares of the park vegetation thereby threatening rare species like roan antelope as well as rhinos, buffaloes and waterbucks among other animals.

Kenya's plastic manufacturers in fierce battle against proposed EAC ban

Carolyne Jendeka and Jonathan Odongo | Monday, 06 Feb 2017 14:18 EAT

Kenya Association of Manufacturers echoed the MP’s sentiments adding that compared to the alternatives suggested, polythene is cheaper to produce, provides food safety and maintains food hygiene unlike paper which is not reusable and in case of contact with fluids and foodstuffs, can easily get spoi

East African MPs making headway on polythene materials control

Carolyne Jendeka and Jonathan Odongo | Sunday, 05 Feb 2017 19:29 EAT

“We recognize the need to push for sustainable development goals and do support the spirit of this bill. However, the issue is a waste disposal problem and we suggest that the bill should include waste management in its provisions,” KAM representative said.

KFS inches closer to attaining 10% forest cover

Jackson Okata | Thursday, 02 Feb 2017 11:55 EAT

Mau forest complex which measures approximately 400,000 hectares and covers Nakuru, Kericho, Baringo, Narok and Bomet counties is the largest of the five main water towers in the country.

Contrary to perceptions, Kenya’s weathermen score highly

Jack Otwala | Sunday, 29 Jan 2017 18:09 EAT

To travellers from the developed world, this may sound like an undeserved accolade, given the precision with which agencies in Europe, America and some parts of Asia are required to report the weather. However, in a country where most institutions don't work well, this is an accomplishment to commen

Katwanyaa Mixed High school shines in Matungulu and beyond

Rose Mukonyo | Friday, 27 Jan 2017 11:43 EAT

The school's outstanding performance has been possible despite the major challenges they have been facing as a school, such as classes as they have been operating four schools in one, since this is a mixed day and boarding school with each class having its own separate rooms.

“It is clear in the allocation of tenders 30% should be given to the youth but none has been offered. It doesn’t mean the youth cannot supply goods and services and we want whoever comes into power in the next government to recognize the youth in this region,” said Ms Nzioki one of the students from

Equity Bank to help 3,000 high school graduates get life skills

Free Press Reporter | Tuesday, 24 Jan 2017 11:45 EAT

“The Vision 2030 has placed new demands on Technical & Vocational Education and Training (TVET) as a leading engine that the economy must essentially rely upon to produce adequate levels of middle level work force that will be needed to drive the economy towards the attainment of the vision.

One of the teachers, Ms Zipporah Ndolo, believes she made the right choice by coming to work there as a teacher because she benefited from the school. “The school was so near my home and I could easily access it. I got the best education which has placed me where I am today,” Ms Ndolo said.

In Butula, wells streams have dried up, forcing residents to rely on the Suo River. In parts of the North Rift, schools could be shut down. A journalist from Elgeyo Marakwet who just returned to Nairobi from December holidays informed this website that many springs had dried up in the region.

“If a serious university intends to open a branch here, they will not seek the consent of the area MP alone unless its agenda is different. We would have seen the involvement of various stakeholders including several homegrown academics serving at different reputable universities,” she added.

Kangundo starts journey to get university as SEKU sets up campus

Rose Mukonyo | Wednesday, 11 Jan 2017 14:30 EAT

The brief signing ceremony was also witnessed by Matungulu MP Stephen Mule who had accompanied the Kangundo team and the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Prof. Francis Wachira among others.

Maasai Mara University reeling under leadership, financial crisis

Free Press Correspondent | Wednesday, 11 Jan 2017 13:43 EAT

The Senate which comprises of all the deans of schools, the dean of students and some chief officers for legal affairs, academic and security, is all but moribund, its powers exercised largely by Prof. Walingo herself and the academic registrar, Dr Fredrick Otieno.

Equity Bank to sponsor 13 students from Kangundo, Matungulu

Rose Mukonyo | Friday, 06 Jan 2017 21:14 EAT

The best girl from Matungulu Bahati Mutunga expressed her appreciation to the Bank for the scholarship and promised to work hard on her dream of becoming a lawyer. The best boy David Nzau had scored 407 marks and was confident that his dream of being an aeronautical engineer would come true.

Six counties holding doctors' December pay in suspicious accounts

Free Press Reporter | Wednesday, 04 Jan 2017 20:10 EAT

However, by this afternoon doctors from some of the counties including Mombasa had not received their salaries. “This is corruption. We have information that money to pay affected doctors have been released but diverted to top 'dubious' accounts," the unionist had said.

Uhuru meets doctors' union, gives offer that could end strike by Friday

Free Press Correspondent | Wednesday, 04 Jan 2017 18:33 EAT

Doctors were represented by a 7-member team from the Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Union (KMPDU) led by Chairman Samuel Oroko and Secretary Ouma Oluga. They were accompanied by a legal representative. The unionists will consult their wider membership before responding on the offer.

Makueni Boys and Machakos School top in Lower Eastern

Rose Mukonyo | Saturday, 31 Dec 2016 12:45 EAT

The school’s principal, Benson Manoo, said two of the candidates - Daniel Muli and Kepha Omanga - scored A- grades of 80 points each.

Matiangi results should cause worry, not celebration

Cyprian Nyamwamu | Friday, 30 Dec 2016 12:08 EAT

Based on that background, and comparatively with other countries like Ghana where more than 60 percent of candidates pass exams with at least C-, the National examination system has failed our children and our nation.

The CS commended Alliance Girls High School and Kenya High School for their consistency in their performance quoting previous years' performance. He however condemned those schools which produced a very high number of As in 2015 but could not produce even 20 this year.

Govt, doctors should deal to end grotesque paralysis in health sector

Athanas Kipchumba | Thursday, 29 Dec 2016 17:00 EAT

I am reliably told that the outspoken COTU secretary general, Mr Francis Atwoli has since asked the president to take charge of the talks, but the writings on the wall suggests that maybe his (Mr Francis') pleas fell on deaf ears.

Equity to support 33 students in top global universities

Jack Otwala | Thursday, 29 Dec 2016 16:08 EAT

Wings to Fly scholars who also score an A in K.C.S.E. also qualify to join the ELP. The program aims at empowering young academically gifted scholars by supporting their access to education in public universities in Kenya and around the globe, as well as equipping them with leadership skills.

Maasai Mara University extorting parents to cover for its failures

Free Press Correspondent | Friday, 23 Dec 2016 20:09 EAT

The question to ask is when will the indefatigable Cabinet Secretary for Education, Dr Fred Matiang'i, turn his attention to these errant administrators who are shamelessly exploiting hard-pressed parents. Many public universities are facing cash crises but this is no excuse for extortion of parents

The company, called Afrique Properties Limited, claims ownership of the plots it has put up for sale, but its relationship with the community that originally owned the land is unclear. "The title deed is clean and ready for transfers," the company says in the advertisement calling for interest from

Varsities warned against awarding fake degrees to politicians

Oscar Ndunda | Monday, 19 Dec 2016 13:18 EAT

"The ministry is aware of some individuals especially politicians who have been trying to secure diplomas and degrees at institutions of higher learning in order to meet the academic requirements for the elections. Any institution that will be involved will face dire consequences,” said Prof. Suda.

Praise Matiangi to the skies, but don't forget his blunders

Athanas Kipchumba | Saturday, 17 Dec 2016 16:58 EAT

Former ministers of Education have been invariably perfecting the art of talking more and doing little, if not nothing. This sector, for more than a decade, has borne the brunt of individualistic ineptitude and inadequacies coupled with a wide range of managerial and administrative blunders.

Key stakeholders outline Kenya’s climate plans after COP 22

Jonathan Odongo | Friday, 16 Dec 2016 15:48 EAT

Topping the list among the issues that need attention before the next conference was ensuring inclusive, gender, youth and special groups’ participation in climate change meetings and stakeholders’ forums.

Nakuru nurses defy union, hold on to strike

Jackson Okata | Thursday, 15 Dec 2016 14:36 EAT

She said union officials held a meeting with county that was chaired by director of administration and planning Dr Benedict Osore who said 212 employees had been promoted. However, the said officers have not received promotion letters and that the move was meant to victimize the striking force.

Heads of under-performing schools to be demoted

Oscar Ndunda | Thursday, 15 Dec 2016 14:28 EAT

“The commission directs all headteachers who record declining trends in academic performance should be cautioned in writing and appropriate action taken to address the gap,” reads the circular.

Parents defend Bridge Schools, censure KNUT SG Sossion

Jackson Okata | Thursday, 15 Dec 2016 12:28 EAT

The parents said the teachers employed by Bridge Schools were trained, qualified and approved by the Teachers Service Commission (TSC). The teachers use the advanced technology system to teach children in the schools, they said.

Nurses union chairman calls off strike, doubts remain

Soilan Kenana | Sunday, 11 Dec 2016 14:09 EAT

The Kenya Free Press has learnt that the minister worked extra hard to have the agreement signed today to counteract an embarassing situation where he had prepared for Mr Bii to do so yesterday, only for the chairman to decline, saying powers to call off a strike rested with the secretary general.

Over the four years, Bomet has also built 43 new health facilities and established 23 maternity wings in its hospitals as part of the government’s partnership with First Lady Margaret Kenyatta’s Beyond Zero Campaign, Dr Sowek informed us.

Medical Board to discipline doctors who disrupt private hospitals

Phillip Mulee | Friday, 09 Dec 2016 13:57 EAT

The chairman of the Medical Practitioners and Dentists Board Prof. George Magoha today warned of disciplinary action against any medical or dental practitioner should they paralyse clinical services in private and mission hospitals as they plan on Tuesday 13th December 2016.

Women urged to pursue careers in geothermal development

Free Press Reporter | Thursday, 08 Dec 2016 13:07 EAT

Among the key activities that WING Africa will engage in include peer mentorship, professional development, mentorship of young girls in school and universities who are interested in pursuing engineering and science-based subjects.

Uhuru urges medics to be 'humane' as opposition demands govt pay up

Free Press Reporter | Wednesday, 07 Dec 2016 18:40 EAT

He spoke after commissioning Kenya Medical Training Centre (KMTC) Makindu campus and launching medical equipment at Makindu sub-county hospital. Uhuru pointed out that Health ministry officials and governors have been working round the clock for weeks to resolve the matter.

Nakuru hospitals open as county hires emergency staff

Jackson Okata | Wednesday, 07 Dec 2016 17:19 EAT

Nakuru CEC for health Dr Kabii Mungai who addressed journalists said that Nakuru Level Five Hospital, Langalanga Health Centre, Mirugi Kariuki Health Centre and Bondeni Health Centre have started offering services to the public.

Nakuru college fails to register 35 for KNEC exams

Jackson Okata | Tuesday, 06 Dec 2016 14:35 EAT

The ten certificate and twenty five diploma students learnt of the situation after contacting Nakuru North Sub County education officer Gabriel Kinoru.

Machakos KCPE stars got 'the best from motivated teachers'

Rose Mukonyo | Monday, 05 Dec 2016 12:08 EAT

According to ABC Kathiani Academy headteacher, Mr Joel Kitheka, this year's performance was better than last year where the school scored a mean of 355 against last year's 346 and they hope to break the record once again come next year.

Kirubi: provide relevant education to university students

Rose Mukonyo | Saturday, 03 Dec 2016 17:42 EAT

Dr Munyaka assured the Vice Chancellor his commitment to work with the university to ensure they get the best services especially in the area of housing the students. "The students need hostels and we are going to work with the university to ensure students are housed in the university," he said.

Moi University extends graduation registration deadline, averting crisis

Free Press Reporter | Thursday, 01 Dec 2016 13:17 EAT

The administration’s decision averted potential unrest over the graduation, as a number of students had planned to stage a protest to the office of cabinet secretary for education Fred Matiangi had yesterday’s meetings at the Main Campus ended in impasse.

Tension grips Moi University as 500 students 'blocked from graduation'

Free Press Reporter | Tuesday, 29 Nov 2016 18:23 EAT

While the crisis affects students from nearly all schools, the most affected is the School of Human Resource management, and to some extent the School of Education. The administration claims the students' name cannot be entered in the List because their marks for some course units are missing.

Climate change has resulted in deaths, loss of livelihoods, displacement of populations, starvation and conflicts due to severe drought yet the amount of money that has been lost under the Jubilee administration would be adequate to fund a big portion of Kenya’s mitigation and adaptation plan.

Taita Taveta NGO to empower locals on mining laws, rights

Free Press Correspondent | Monday, 21 Nov 2016 20:56 EAT

“Unlike the past when mineral dealers were harassed by security organs while dealing in the mineral business, the draft regulations provide for a mineral dealers’ license which guarantees the legitimacy of their businesses.”

What Trump Presidency means for climate action in Africa

Jonathan Odongo | Saturday, 19 Nov 2016 14:56 EAT

The election of Trump is a disaster for our continent. The United States, if it follows through on its new President's rash words about withdrawing from the international climate regime, will become a pariah state in global efforts for climate action.

“The role of energy in leapfrogging and lifting people out of poverty cannot be understated. Everyone in Africa should have clean, renewable and affordable energy by 2030,” she said.

Is Kenya prepared for the ongoing climate change negotiations?

Jonathan Odongo | Thursday, 17 Nov 2016 16:56 EAT

In order to achieve a desirable outcome in any negotiation, one key component is clarification of targets and pathway to achievement of the set targets.

Wondering what COP 22 stands for? Here are the basics

Jonathan Odongo | Thursday, 17 Nov 2016 15:16 EAT

COP is the supreme decision-making body of the UNFCCC. The ongoing Conference of Parties is the 22nd COP – hence COP 22. In Marrakech, countries are celebrating the entry into force of the historic Paris Climate Change Agreement, and discussing the next crucial steps towards low carbon and climate r

Wondering what COP 22 stands for? Here are the basics

Jonathan Odongo | Thursday, 17 Nov 2016 15:16 EAT

COP is the supreme decision-making body of the UNFCCC. The ongoing Conference of Parties is the 22nd COP – hence COP 22. In Marrakech, countries are celebrating the entry into force of the historic Paris Climate Change Agreement, and discussing the next crucial steps towards low carbon and climate r

The Kenya Free Press has also authoritatively learnt that a number of principals of top performing schools including Alliance High School have sought transfers from the schools in anticipation of declined performance in this year’s examinations.

Visiting American scholar stunned by USIU students’ ‘laziness’

Free Press Reporter | Tuesday, 15 Nov 2016 16:13 EAT

Walking, in particular for students, has been proven to improve mental alertness, counteracting the effects of weight-promoting genes, curbing the craving for chocolates among other benefits. Walking also helps reduce the risk of women developing breast cancer.

School laptop programme beset by electricity challenges

Soilan Kenana | Tuesday, 15 Nov 2016 15:54 EAT

In Baringo County, there are roughly 650 schools and up to date only six schools have received the proposed laptop for the e-learning program that is supposed to commence in all primary schools.

Kenya on right track, but should do more to safeguard pediatric health

Tobbie Wekesa | Saturday, 12 Nov 2016 17:39 EAT

“We have done well in Kenya, we have reduced child and infant deaths by half, but now we also need to look at what else after saving the lives. We have to focus on the health of those who have survived,” said Prof Fredrick Were, professor of pediatrics and Dean, UoN School of Medicine.

“The wind project started in the year 2005 and there was no secret. The community benefited immensely and will still benefit when the project is completed,” said the company's lawyers.

The scientist also addressed concerns farmers had about the eucalyptus tree. “Eucalyptus requires swampy places because it requires a lot of water,” he said, adding that the droughts and ants are its main destroyers.

“The dam will be located in Kuresoi Constituency but will have a 4-meter diameter tunnel that will run for 14.5 Km underground, traversing Kuresoi, Molo and Nakuru towns. It will particularly traverse Chepsir, Chepseon and Kedowa townships. The project will cost Sh33 billion,” said Mr Odinga.

These two events call to question the procedures for managing risks in universities. While the need for a 24-hour health service is immediately obvious, as in the case of Meru University, universities also need to deal with security issues in a more proactive manner.

Muranga Tunnel report was 'doctored', says engineer

Free Press Reporter | Wednesday, 26 Oct 2016 11:40 EAT

He has called for a public and expert-led discussion on the contradictions between the ESIA and the report endorsing the project. "Each of the contradictions would require substantial engineering and public participation", he said.

Ministry releases 2017 term dates

Oscar Ndunda | Monday, 24 Oct 2016 14:21 EAT

The Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) will be commencing from 30th October to 3rd November while the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) will run from the 6th to 30th November.

UNICEF launches WASH programme in Kitui

Boniface Mulu | Saturday, 22 Oct 2016 20:40 EAT

The educationist asked the schools wash health clubs patrons and the community to use the child-to-child approach to promote wash in schools. She said that the treatment of the hygiene related diseases was costly, so people should take hygiene promotion seriously to prevent the diseases.

Apart from offering courses in Technology, Engineering, Science Architecture and Building sciences, it has also embraced Arts-based courses such as Mass Communication, Journalism, Public Relations and Languages. Apart from arts courses, it has also provision of business- and health-related courses.

Government pumps in Sh4.2 billion to expand free maternal care

Soilan Kenana | Tuesday, 18 Oct 2016 20:35 EAT

“The launch marks a great step to expand universal coverage by giving women greater access and the opportunity to make choices of the facilities that they wish to seek maternal services from,” added Dr Mwenda.

Kitui marks Global Handwashing Day with call for better hygiene

Boniface Mulu | Monday, 17 Oct 2016 20:47 EAT

Ms Mutinda thanked the clubs for being sensitive over hygiene promotion, and also the Kenya Integrated Water and Sanitation Programme for supporting Kitui County on handwash and nutrition.

"Extraction of the water will cause water shortage in already thirsty region. The people living downstream could very well lose benefit of water which has sustained their livelihood since time immemorial,” said Mr Gitura.

EACC shielding, not fighting corruption, claims civil society leaders

Free Press Reporter | Thursday, 13 Oct 2016 13:43 EAT

Mr Suba has petitioned the EACC to make public the commission's findings into the matter public in seven days failure to which he will sue the commission.

Govt forms committee to sensitise Kenyans on paying their debts

Free Press Reporter | Wednesday, 12 Oct 2016 13:23 EAT

“Late payment has been a huge problem between retailers and suppliers. Development of shared vision and guiding principles of good practices will play a key role in solving such issues,” said Dr Kiptoo.

KWS torches homes of 400 families, claiming they are encroaching on park

Free Press Correspondent | Tuesday, 11 Oct 2016 18:24 EAT

However, a senior KWS official, Julius Cheptei, who led the eviction, disputed the farmers’ account. "This is not disputed land but a national park which has been officially gazetted,” he said, adding that the legal effect had taken place in June.

Raila's claims against Jubilee project explained

John Onyando | Monday, 10 Oct 2016 19:53 EAT

Under Raila’s project, the government would expand Nairobi’s sewerage capacity before pumping more water into the city, which has not happened. The larger projects of the Master Plan, such as tapping water from the Aberdares, would depend on conducting an Environmental Impact Assessment.

From Mt. Kenya to Coast, millions at risk as Tana River basin faces pressure

Free Press Reporter | Sunday, 09 Oct 2016 15:57 EAT

According to the study, even though the construction of existing dams generated abundant benefits, the downstream region experienced reduced agricultural productivity and increased health complications.

Plan on course to give 1.2 million Class One laptops

Free Press Reporter | Sunday, 09 Oct 2016 15:02 EAT

In Elgeyo Marakwet, 385 out of 418 schools have been connected to electricity, while solar power had been installed in schools that were too far away from the national electricity grid and couldn’t be connected quickly.

The Kamani Foundation has been providing prosthetic limbs and correctional eye facilities to the needy in India since 1996. The Foundation has provided over 17,000 prosthetic limbs to those in need in India since that time.

Ministry wants counties deprived of power over education boards

Free Press Correspondent | Friday, 07 Oct 2016 11:41 EAT

The minister handed over 83 tablets at the school. He said that 77,000 teachers had so far been inducted through the program and the ministry targets to induct 124,000 teachers by the end of the year.

Being young, the university has graduated only a few classes, but as one would expect of a great institution many of the graduates have secured well-paying jobs in the large companies, and in countries like Australia, United Kingdom and United States of America.

Masinde Muliro University closed after students protest rise in fees

Jackie Amisi | Thursday, 06 Oct 2016 15:46 EAT

The students are protesting the introduction of Sh3,000 fee for library services and Sh5,000 for ICT and noted that accommodation charges for first year students who reported last month had gone up from Sh5,000 to Sh16,000.

Kenya marks World Teachers Day by honouring champions

Tobbie Wekesa | Thursday, 06 Oct 2016 07:36 EAT

Among other teachers who were feted were: Alloise Mwaisakenyi of Dr Aggrey High School in Taita, Esther Mumbi Nzomo of Kasikeu Girls in Makueni, Roseline Nasiebanda of St Josephs Boys Kitale and Ayub Mohamud of Eastleigh High School for being the Global Teacher Finalist 2016.

Kajiado Assembly asked to suspend business to discuss acute health shortage

Free Press Reporter | Wednesday, 05 Oct 2016 17:26 EAT

The county executive member in charge of health, Gladys Marima, confirmed the drug shortage but said the process to purchase the drugs from Kenya Medical Supplies Agency was underway.

The strike bore resemblance to current crisis of education in Kenya. The administration was responding to a structural condition of diminished financing for education amid growing costs of maintaining universities.

The Water Harvesting and Storage Authority (WHSA) will take over the assets of the National Water Conservation and Pipeline Corporation, which for decades was the lead agency for water pipeline and projects development.

In a report released by the Ministry of Health, about 40,000 cases are reported each year with at least 27,000 succumbing to the disease.

Longisa Hospital becomes the fourth public hospital in Kenya with the capability for total knee replacement, which is currently undertaken at Kenyatta National Hospital, the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital in Eldoret and the Nakuru General Hospital.

TSC to promote 10,000 teachers, calls for freeze on new schools

Free Press Correspondent | Saturday, 24 Sep 2016 12:33 EAT

“We recognize the changes that you are undertaking but we need to work as a team so that we all get to know how we are going to cover the rest of the journey,” Mr Musembi Katuku, the executive secretary for KUPPET Machakos Branch said.

URP rebels support Ayiro’s appointment, want new law for education sector

Free Press Reporter | Saturday, 24 Sep 2016 12:00 EAT

Governor Ruto, however, said the protests had exposed a serious weakness in the management of education in Kenya, adding that Kenyans at the grassroots level were seeking a bigger role in education affairs. He proposed that primary schools should be devolved to county governments.

“Due to the ignorance twelve per cent of human rabies cases have been confused for cerebral malaria,” added Kahariri.He was however optimistic that the disease could be contained noting that this had worked around the Serengeti area.

A source in the committee said the extension was necessitated by their need to review the connection between indiscipline and examination leakage, for which they needed to wait until the KCSE exams start mid next month.

While the Education Secretary is the one to gazette such an appointment, the acting vice chancellor should not be a current member of the respective university community as Prof. Ayiro is.

JOOUST: The university where tribal associations are banned

Free Press Correspondent | Thursday, 22 Sep 2016 11:09 EAT

“Only associations or groupings that bear the face of this country will be accepted,” he had said during his inaugural address to first year students at the university’s main campus in Bondo.

“We had positive negotiations with the county officials and they agreed to start the promotion of consultants exercise,” said Dr Gor.

Faced with sack, Nairobi doctors to resume duty

Oscar Ndunda | Tuesday, 20 Sep 2016 19:32 EAT

“We received the court order, we respect the court. We will call for a meeting with the doctors tomorrow to inform them of the new developments,” said Dr Ouma.

County Executive Member for Health, Andrew Mulwa, said the new health plan is aimed at covering the majority of county residents who cannot afford health cover through the National Hospital Insurance Fund as well as other private health insurers.

Friends Kigame Secondary School in Vihiga County, Highway Secondary in Nairobi, Kirege Secondary in Tharaka Nithi and Mbaga Secondary School in Siaya have also been burned down by students.

He said the forest was a catchment for River Kerio and is home to rare species of birds and indigenous trees that have been destroyed elsewhere in the region, some not found anywhere else in Africa.

Siaya County in campaign to eradicate open defecation

Free Press Correspondent | Tuesday, 06 Sep 2016 11:55 EAT

Siaya has so far attained 50.3 percent latrine coverage, and are getting the support of several organizations including the United Nations’ children agency UNICEF and Medical Assistance Programme (MAP) International.

Three teachers get EADB scholarship to study in America

Free Press Correspondent | Monday, 05 Sep 2016 16:53 EAT

The three scholarships were awarded to experienced East African lecturers with a bachelor’s degree in a STEM field, who are actively teaching in an East African public university.

New programme launched to address Aids in Siaya

Free Press Correspondent | Tuesday, 30 Aug 2016 20:43 EAT

The new report shows that although HIV awareness in the region is at 100 percent, majority of the sexually active adults have not embraced behaviors change leading to new cases of infection.

UNICEF, World Vision in West Pokot project that could provide model for fighting FGM

The 10,000 students to be admitted under the programme will receive the same financial support as those admitted into the public universities, including sponsorship by the Higher Education Loans Board for their living expenses.

Kabianga University shines at national music festival

Lemmy Bramwel | Tuesday, 23 Aug 2016 16:25 EAT

The themes that dominated the festival included; citizen’s participation in security (Nyumba Kumi initiative), corruption, responsible use of social media, examination cheating, teachers’ pay and the Central Bank’s role in the economy.

EADB funding capacity building for mining regulation in East Africa

Free Press Reporter | Sunday, 21 Aug 2016 17:26 EAT

“It is critical that host countries are able to derive tangible benefits from the exploitation of their natural resources. The benefits should accrue to the local communities in form of appropriate royalties, taxes, dividends, business opportunities, professional jobs and employment

New medical scheme to train 600 cancer specialists in East Africa unveiled

Free Press Reporter | Friday, 19 Aug 2016 21:34 EAT

Ms. Yeda said the East Africa Community has for a long time failed to prevent and treat the cancer scourge because of lack of trained and skilled doctors.

Elgeyo Marakwet set to get first varsity, in major boost for Governor Tolgos

Free Press Correspondent | Thursday, 18 Aug 2016 16:10 EAT

Governor Tolgos’ administration had given priority to establishment of the university in efforts that were led by Dr Stella Kiprono, the County Executive for Education and Technical Training.

Garbage crisis puts Athi River residents at risk of cholera

Oscar Ndunda | Tuesday, 02 Aug 2016 14:55 EAT

Walking along the streets and estates, one is met with the foul smell of long decomposing garbage. Flies roam the heaps of trash, producing hissing sounds whenever their comfort is disturbed.

"We are currently investigating claims that there are some people who are using the fires to sabotage the efforts being taken by Education CS Fred Matiang'i," Government Spokesman Eric Kiraithe told journalists today.

Public health office mulling legal action against Naivasha Water Company

Free Press Correspondent | Wednesday, 20 Jul 2016 21:21 EAT

“You are hereby directed to immediately unblock the prison line, disinfect all the contaminated land and refrain from such actions in future failure to which you will face legal action.”

Elgeyo Marakwet signs partnership agreement with Moi Teaching Hospital

Free Press Correspondent | Friday, 15 Jul 2016 15:39 EAT

Governor Alex Tolgos signed the deal with MTRH director, Dr Wilson Aruasa, under which the hospital will construct and operate an annex in Elgeyo Marakwet. The county desired both the development of a modern health facility and the medical tourism that such a facility would promote, Governor Tolgos

USIU students take to the streets to protest Moi role in land grab

Waithera Murugi | Wednesday, 13 Jul 2016 21:19 EAT

Prof Zeleza added that there had never been any claim to the land until June 29, when “the management board received information that unauthorized persons were frequenting the land purporting to be the the owners”.

Bloodless circumcision device launched in Kenya

Waithera Murugi | Monday, 11 Jul 2016 13:24 EAT

Compared to conventional surgical circumcision, health stakeholders say the PrePex device does not use surgical blades and there is no need for stitching of the foreskin thus reducing any adverse complications.

Kabarnet Boys High School closed again, following student riots

Free Press Correspondent | Thursday, 07 Jul 2016 21:27 EAT

The students were reportedly protesting the decision by Principal Julius Mambili that they will forgo the half term break due to their recent long absence from school following another strike.

Tharaka teachers, leaders eject TSC director from office

Free Press Correspondent | Tuesday, 05 Jul 2016 10:47 EAT

The leaders also accused Kokelo of favouring female teachers in transfers to good performing schools, a trend that was causing a growing imbalance in staffing of local schools.

Kibabii University lecturers threaten strike to demand appointment of VC

Free Press Correspondent | Monday, 04 Jul 2016 18:12 EAT

The Kibabii VC's position has been vacant since the institution's founding through a charter handed to them by President Uhuru Kenyatta in November 2015. Former principal, Prof. Odeo Ipara, acted for several months as vice chancellor but his contracted expired last month.

Common misconceptions to avoid in a weight loss programme

Sandra Onindo | Tuesday, 28 Jun 2016 19:10 EAT

Kenyans have never been as fat as they are today; munching on french-fries and sitting in front of a computer all day at work doesn’t help.

Uhuru, with eye on elections, holds momentous meeting with teachers’ unions

Winfred Mbuya Mwaniki | Thursday, 23 Jun 2016 15:53 EAT

The teachers’ trade unions KNUT and KUPPET finally signed a long-awaited collective bargaining agreement which will cover the increment in basic salary that the government had opposed last year.

Despite high maritime potential, Kenya lacks skills in the sector

Winfred Mbuya Mwaniki | Thursday, 23 Jun 2016 14:55 EAT

Sixty five years since Kenya began training in maritime education, the country still faces an acute shortage of qualified trainers and lecturers in the field.

TSC, school heads set to clash over new rules

Winfred Mbuya Mwaniki | Tuesday, 21 Jun 2016 04:07 EAT

Furthermore, the regulations would require teachers to account for every working hour in order to curb time theft and absenteeism, which have been identified as among the major reasons for poor performance.

Mbeere Schools hire APs to boost security

Winfred Mbuya Mwaniki | Tuesday, 21 Jun 2016 02:55 EAT

There are many ways to kill a rat.

Why you should be wary of instant noodles

Sandra Onindo | Sunday, 19 Jun 2016 12:11 EAT

It is probably your go to food, the food item that sits in abundance on your pantry shelves. But does consuming instant noodles aid you nutrition-wise, or are you just ingesting empty calories?

Egerton beats other universities to Oludhe Macgoye’s collections

Lemmy Bramwel | Saturday, 18 Jun 2016 15:30 EAT

Egerton University has received the entire literary archives of the Late Marjorie Oludhe Macgoye, the illustrious British-born Kenyan writer who died in December 2015

Is Kisumu the most lucrative post for police officers?

Sandra Onindo | Saturday, 18 Jun 2016 15:16 EAT

Before a vetting panel, police officers explain their source of wealth including cash transfers via their mobile phone.

Nurses, technicians want recognition in Health Bill

Winfred Mbuya Mwaniki | Thursday, 16 Jun 2016 16:31 EAT

Professionals in the health industry have called for a review of the Health Bill, 2016, which is intended to regulate the healthcare sector in Kenya.

Kenya should nurture the nascent alternative farming sector

Cynthia Irandu | Thursday, 16 Jun 2016 08:10 EAT

Kenya is home to experienced farmers, producers and exporters of fresh Kenyan herbs. Herbs are very popular nowadays with hawkers peddling herbal medicine everywhere

Cervical Cancer is the second most recurrent cancer after Breast Cancer among women in Kenya. Mostly caused by the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV), it is also the leading cause of death among women of reproductive age.

Pneumonia now the leading killer in Kenya, but it shouldn't be

Cynthia Irandu | Wednesday, 15 Jun 2016 07:51 EAT

Pneumonia is now the leading killer disease in Kenya, causing over 22,473 of recorded deaths in 2015 alone.

Makueni receives Sh100 million medical equipment from US donor

Free Press Reporter | Saturday, 11 Jun 2016 17:07 EAT

Makueni County has received medical equipment valued at nearly Sh100 million from an international relief organization.

Greed is destroying our environment

Cynthia Irandu | Friday, 10 Jun 2016 14:37 EAT

Nairobi County is home to hardworking people, who are hellbent on making money

Sossion wants Bridge Schools closed, says they are undermining ed standards

Winfred Mbuya Mwaniki | Friday, 10 Jun 2016 09:48 EAT

KNUT Secretary General Wilson Sossion has called on the government to close a group of schools targeting slum dwellers, saying the chain was flouting quality standards of basic education for informal schools.

Mandera leaders want aerial sprays to kill Aedes aegypti mosquitoes

Free Press Correspondent | Thursday, 09 Jun 2016 10:20 EAT

Leaders in Mandera County, which is suffering concurrent outbreaks of cholera and chikungunya, have called upon the national government to conduct aerial sprays against the mosquitoes.

Kajiado to feed malnourished children, mothers

Free Press Correspondent | Tuesday, 07 Jun 2016 09:51 EAT

The Kajiado county government has launched a programme to eradicate malnutrition among newborn children and lactating mothers.

Welcome to my column on health

Samuel O. Afubwa | Tuesday, 07 Jun 2016 09:07 EAT

Optimum Mental health is a level of psychological well-being, or an absence of a mental illness. It is the "psychological state of someone who is functioning at a satisfactory level of emotional and behavioral adjustment

Mandera to quarantine cholera patients

Free Press Reporter | Saturday, 04 Jun 2016 13:46 EAT

Governor Ali Roba said the county administration will open isolation centres at Moi Stadium since the quarantine centre at the local referral hospital cannot cope with the increasing numbers.

Nakuru, World Vision to combat open defecation

Free Press Correspondent | Tuesday, 31 May 2016 14:00 EAT

The Nakuru County Government has announced a partnership with World Vision, an international NGO, under which they will provide toilets in 20 villages in a bid to curb open defecation.

Don’t underrate teachers’ role in education rot

Winfred Mbuya Mwaniki | Tuesday, 31 May 2016 13:55 EAT

From the persistent industrial disputes to national examination leakage and recognized mismatches between the school curriculum and industry needs, Kenya’s education sector requires far-reaching overhaul.

India's cotton crop failure should caution Kenyans on GM technology

Derrick Kiraka | Tuesday, 31 May 2016 10:55 EAT

Indian media has reported of more suicides by farmers in Punjab and Haryana regions in the aftermath of cotton crop failure.

Matiangi orders reconstitution of school Parents Teachers Associations[PTAs]

Free Press Reporter | Tuesday, 31 May 2016 10:13 EAT

Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i yesterday declared that the government will vet representatives to parents and teachers associations to ensure that only genuine parents are elected to the boards.

Rapidly eating its way through the lifestyles of many, no statistics have been put out yet to show the extent of damage brought about by Anorexia Nervosa in Kenya. It is this lack of documentation that sees a good number of Kenyan women especially those going through puberty suffer in silence.

Veterinary Board endorses Kapsabet NGO, snubbing Nandi county government

Free Press Reporter | Monday, 30 May 2016 08:53 EAT

The Kenya Veterinary Board has endorsed the services of a Kapsabet-based NGO that provides artificial insemination to dairy farmers in the region.

Truck drivers may be colluding with highway robbers, police warn

Free Press Reporter | Monday, 30 May 2016 08:39 EAT

The truck was later found dumped near Gilgil town along the Nairobi-Nakuru highway with half of the cargo offloaded, according to police sources.

Masinde Muliro University’s female student leader making waves

John Onyando | Tuesday, 24 May 2016 10:45 EAT

The fiery Winnie Nyandiga so scared Babu Owino’s candidate for the KUSO presidency that the election had to be disrupted by violence.

UNEP raises red flag on environmental degradation

Shadrack Kavilu | Monday, 23 May 2016 11:12 EAT

The proportion of the population served with clean water is increasing and grew from 64 per cent in 2005 to 68 per cent in 2012, although absolute numbers of people without safe drinking water remain high.

Nairobi traffic jams cost money and health, UN says

Free Press Reporter | Friday, 20 May 2016 13:21 EAT

Number of vehicle trips between 2004 and 2025 will increase by 148 per cent, while the average speed of trips will decrease from 35km/hr to 11km/hr, making it clear that urban air quality will worsen.