The Kenya National Bureau of Statistics, knbs, is in the process of compiling the 2019 National Housing and Census Data. The Census exercise was completed in August 2019 with the reference enumeration data being the night of 24th August. Once compiled the Census data will be utilized as explained below;
USES OF THE CENSUS DATA Kenya is one of the few African countries that have held censuses every ten years since independence. In this area, Kenya is also unique in that the census is fully financed through taxpayers’ money, which underscores the importance that the Government accords this national exercise. Let me take this opportunity to share with you some of the uses that will be made of the data being collected through the census.
By Government For the Government, census data is the most crucial ingredient for facilitating evidence-based planning processes. Given that the data is being collected from the lowest administrative level, it will help the country to ensure that non one is left behind as we progress in the middle income status in line with Vision 2030, the Big Four Agenda and the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Another critical use of the data is in guiding the Government on the location of important public amenities. Planners will use the information on the number of people to forecast the demand for among others, schools, hospitals and administrative offices for the next ten years.
By businesses One of the census questions on ICTs focuses on online transactions. This information will provide insights about the potential for e- commerce in the country. The very high penetration of mobile phones in Kenya presents a huge opportunity for e-commerce.
Census information will also help in determining location of premises, social amenities, establishing the demand for goods and services as well as determining availability of human resources.
By Research and academic institutions The data will provide research and academic institutions with an up- to-date reference point for interpretation of Kenya’s demographic reality.
By civil society The civil -society sector will find the data critical for the design and implementation of social programmes.
For international relations In the community of nations, countries know each other based on national data, particularly population. Kenya will stand tall and proud because it will not only be the most comprehensively done survey in the country’s history, it will also be the first paperless census for which the enumeration process will be fully digitised.
The Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC) administers a number of National examinations for different levels; yearly. These exams include: The Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE), Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) and Primary Teacher Education (PTE) exams; among others. The exams are administered at different KNEC registered exam centres countrywide.
Once done, the exam scripts are collected and transported to central locations for marking. KNEC then awards grades and releases the final results to the public and candidates.
Examination Results Slips and Printouts
Each of the institutions that enter candidates for the KNEC examinations shall receive a hard copy of the institution’s examination results printout and result slips which captures the following information:
1. Institution’s Code and Name
This appears on the top left side of the printout. The institution’s code is a unique number by which an examination centre is identified by the Council. This is the number that an institution should always quote whenever communicating with KNEC.
2. Candidates Details
Below the institution’s name and code are details of the candidates. These details include the index number of the candidate, year of examination, gender, individual subject grades and the mean grade. The important features of the examination results are as indicated below:-
X – denotes an absent candidate. A candidate is declared absent if he/she did not sit for one or all papers in the examination. However, for the KCPE examination results, the symbol AB indicates an absence;
Y- denotes that the candidate was involved in an examination irregularity. For the KCPE examination results, the symbol 00 indicates an irregularity;
P- denotes that the candidate’s examination results have been pended due to infringement on the entry requirements for the examination e.g. incorrect KCPE details for entry in KCSE examination;
W– denotes that the candidate’s examination results have been withheld on suspicion that the candidate has been involved in an examination malpractice and investigations are ongoing;
U- denotes ungraded examination results due to infringement of the awards criteria.
Mean Grade Award Descriptions
Mean grade will be X, if a candidate is absent in all subjects
Mean grade will be Y , if one or more subjects are cancelled
Mean grade will be U, if the entry requirements for the KCSE examination are not met
Mean grade will be CRNM, if the course requirements for the Teacher education, Business and Technical examinations are not met
Mean grade will be P, if results are pended
Mean grade will be W, if the examination results are withheld;
The details of pended, withheld and irregularities are communicated to the institution through the Sub County Director of Education at the time of release of the examination results and are received by the institutions at the same time with the examination results.
Release Of Certificates
Once certificates for a specific examination are ready for collection/dispatch from KNEC, the institutions shall be informed through the mass and print media, Sub County Directors of Education and/or the heads of institutions:
All certificates for regular candidates are issued through the Heads of Schools/Institutions and to private candidates through the Sub County Directors of Education.
The Kenya National Examinations Council reserves the right to withdraw a certificate for amendment or for any other reason should this be necessary.
Upon the release of KCPE and KCSE examinations, the candidates can access their results through SMS number provided during the official release of results. The KCPE candidates are expected to access their result slips through the KNEC website immediately after release of the examination in their respective schools.
President Uhuru Kenyatta today held bilateral talks with Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong where the two leaders agreed to boost trade and cooperation between Kenya and the Asian nation.
President Kenyatta, who is on a visit to attend the Singapore Summit 2019, said Kenya and Singapore have led the way in developing Afro-Asian relations.
The Singapore Summit, started in 2012, is one of the foremost events that brings together business and thought leaders from Asia and around the world to discuss global trends in business and geopolitics. President Kenyatta is the keynote speaker at the event.
He cited the recent hosting in Nairobi of the first Afro-Asian Fintech Festival which was co-sponsored by the Central Bank of Kenya and its Singaporean equivalent — the Monetary Authority of Singapore.
He noted that in June 2018, the Enterprise Singapore Overseas Office was launched in Nairobi to promote trade between the two countries.
President Kenyatta said Kenya looks at Singapore as a “role model for what can be achieved through conscientious planning, diligent execution of people-centric policies, and the unwavering commitment to eliminating graft and inefficiency.”
“Taking heed of the examples set by Singapore and other Nations that have emerged from low-income nation status, Kenya has embarked on a transformative agenda to turn our Country into a newly industrializing middle-income country by the year 2030, through implementation of the Kenya Vision 2030,” said the President.
The President said his Administration has picked four main areas from the Vision 2030 to increase its focus in the short-term.
He called on Singapore and other Asian countries to invest in Kenya’s Big Four Agenda areas of focus that include Affordable Housing, Food Security, Jobs Creation through promotion of Manufacturing, and Universal Health Coverage.
“Exciting opportunities abound for Singaporean, Asian and other Business and Investment players in those four areas,” said the President.
President Kenyatta called for investments in Kenya’s plan to build new metropolitan areas and to expand existing ones in order to build 500,000 new housing units and their attendant supporting infrastructure by the year 2022.
He also called on Singaporean investors to partner with Kenya in the broad expansion of Agricultural Sector and Processing through the utilization of new technologies and techniques.
“To Singapore, Asia and the rest of the World, our Nation’s message is: Kenya is open for business and investment for players with a strategic interest in tapping into one of Africa’s fastest growing economies as well as the enormous potential of the entire Eastern and Central Africa Region,” said the President.
He proposed the establishment of a Joint Trade Committee to enhance bilateral trade and investment ties.
Prime Minister Lee said Singapore is keen on increasing its cooperation with Kenya and was also very interested in learning from Kenya’s experience in harnessing mobile money technology to enhance economic inclusion.
PM Lee said Singapore will support Kenya in improving the efficiency of its ports as the East African nation positions itself to serve the eastern and central African region effectively.
Earlier in the day, President Kenyatta visited the Housing Development Board in Singapore where he was taken on a tour of the types of houses that the Government builds and subsidises for its citizens.
80 percent of the people of Singapore live in Government built houses which are heavily subsidised by the State.
The President was taken through details of how Singapore has managed to maintain high standards in its housing programs to ensure that citizens get quality houses under the program.
The President also visited the Port of Singapore Authority (PSA) which manages one of the most efficient and busiest seaports in the world.
The Kenya Ports Authority is already working in partnership with PSA to improve the efficiency of Mombasa Port, which like Singapore is a hub port.
President Kenyatta said he is looking forward to see improvement in the operational capacity of Mombasa Port through its partnership with PSA.
The President was accompanied by Central Bank Governor Dr Patrick Njoroge and Housing Principal Secretary Charles Hinga
The Technical and Vocational Education Authority, TVET, Board has gazetted the following six Standards in pursuant to Section 57 (1) and (2) of the TVET Act.
1. TVETS 01:2019 TVET Standard — Competence-Based Education, Training and Assessment (CBETA) — Requirements and Guidelines, First Edition. This Standard prescribes terminologies, requirements, and guidelines for the development of training standards and curricula for CBET in Kenya.
2. TVETS 02:2019 TVET Standard — Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) — Requirements, First Edition. This Standard prescribes requirements and guidelines applicable to all PLAR providers in Kenya.
3. TVETS 03:2019 TVET Standard — CBET Trainers Qualification Framework — Part 1: General, First Edition. This Standard prescribes general requirements for instructors, trainers, assessors, verifiers, curriculum developers and training managers.
4. TVETS 04:2019 TVET Standard — National Polytechnics — Requirements and Guidelines, First Edition. This Standard prescribes requirements and guidelines for national polytechnics in Kenya in the areas of leadership and management, physical resources, CBET programmes, and library services and facilities.
5. TVETS 05:2019 TVET Standard — Open, Distance and E-Learning (ODeL) — Requirements and Guidelines, First Edition. This Standard prescribes requirements for Open, Distance and e-Learning (ODeL) centres through traditional distance education; e-learning provisions; blended learning and virtual education and training modes.
6. TVETS 06:2019 TVET Standard — Centre of Excellence — Requirements, First Edition. This Standard prescribes minimum requirements for a team, a shared facility or entity that provides leadership, best practices, research support and/or training for a focused area.
The UNESCO King Hamad Bin Isa Al-Khalifa Prize for the use of ICT in education is now accepting candidatures. The theme of the 2019 edition is the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) to innovate education, teaching and learning.
Artificial Intelligence (AI) and advancements in neuroscience have the potential to enhance teaching methodologies, support lifelong learning and personalize learning through various ways, as well as propel and accelerate the discovery of new delivering modes of education. Keeping in with Sustainable Development Goal 4 on education, UNESCO with its partners is aiming to explore the effective and ethical use of AI applications to reduce barriers to access education and optimize learning processes with a view to improve learning outcomes.
In 2019, the Prize will award AI-powered solutions as well as applications of neuroscience in AI aiming to improve learning outcomes, to empower teachers and to enhance the delivery of education services, while advocating for inclusive and equitable use of these technologies in education.
Two winners will be selected by the Director-General of UNESCO based on the recommendations of an international Jury, and each winner will receive a reward of US$ 25,000 and a diploma during a ceremony in Paris.
Who can apply?
Any individual, institution, or non-governmental organization (NGO) with an established ongoing project relevant to the specific theme of the year i.e. that uses AI-powered solutions to enhance education, improve learning outcomes or empower teachers.
For the application to be considered, it should be nominated by either the National Commission of the UNESCO Member State or an NGO in official partnership with UNESCO.
All applicants are encouraged to get in touch with the NGO or National Commission ahead of the application process. Self-nominations will not be accepted.
Governments of UNESCO Member States as well as NGOs in official partnership with UNESCO are invited to elicit and nominate up to three projects, which are in line with the 2019 theme and meet the selection criteria.
The deadline for nominations is 31 October 2019 (midnight, Paris time).
The Teachers Service Commission, TSC, has given a detailed report on the response to the question regarding the untimely death of Jackline Chepng’eno, a pupil at Kabiangek Primary School in Konoin Sub County, Bomet County.
In the report, the Commission says it has sent Mrs. Jennifer Chemutai on compulsory leave. Mrs Chemutai was allegedly the main cause that led to the learner’s death; a notion that has since been quashed by the Commission’s preliminary investigations. “The objective of sending the teacher on compulsory leave is to accord the Commission a conducive environment to conduct impartial investigations on the matter and confirm any professional culpability on the part of the teacher. This will also accord the teacher her personal security and safety and grant her an opportunity to defend herself from the allegations and also accord her the due process of the law,” says the Commission boss Dr Nancy Macharia in the report.
Here is an excerpt from the Commission’s report;
The Commission launched investigations on the matter by constituting a joint investigating team comprising officers from the Commission and the State Department of Basic Education and Early Learning. The Investigating Team comprised of the following officers:- a) County Director of Education; b) TSC County Detector; c) County Quality Assurance and Standards Officer; d) Sub County Director of Education; e) TSC Sub County Director; f) Curriculum Support Officer in charge.
The team visited the school on 11th September, 2019 to investigate allegations that the pupil committed suicide as a result of being ridiculed by one of her teachers for soiling her school uniform.
At the material time, the team had only one report from the head teacher confirming that Jackeline Chepng’eno of Standard Six, Admission Number 006 committed suicide on Friday, 6/9/2019
On arrival, the team was received by the head teacher of the school. Normal teaching and learning was in progress under peaceful and calm environment.
The Pupils and the teachers were all in school except for Mrs. Jeniffer Chemutai, the teacher who was accused to have harassed Jackline. She kept away fearing for her life after intense demonstrations by the local community witnessed the previous day.
Here is the chronology of events leading to the Learner’s death;
On Friday 6/92019 the late Jackline reported to school as usual at about 7.45 a.m. Together with the rest of the pupils, she attended the Pastoral Programme Instruction (PPI) lesson in morning.
During the English lesson which occurred between 10.00 and 10.25 a.m the class teacher and teacher of English, Madam Jenifer Chemutai asked the pupils to write a composition using pencils.
The few pupils who did not have pencils including late Jackline were instructed to go and borrow from the lower classes. Jackline hesitated. The teacher prevailed upon her to go to the next class and borrow so that she could do the assignment with others. As she walked out, the teacher noticed that she had soiled her school uniforms. She then followed her outside the classroom.
The team confirmed that the teacher politely advised Jackline to accompany her to the office to get the sanitary towels from the deputy head teacher, Mrs. Caroline Rono after which she could go home, change her uniform and get back to school.
While the teacher headed towards the office to source for the sanitary towels, Jackline walked towards the gate and went home straight. When the teacher finished the inquiry on the whereabouts of the towels, she spotted Jackline walking towards the gate. Her attempts to call her back did not bear any fruit.
Upon reaching their home, her mother inquired why she had come home early apparently, Jackeline told her that the teacher had advised her to go and change her uniform which was stained and get back to school
The mother similarly instructed her to change and wash her uniform and return to school in the afternoon. The mother even asked her to wash one of her clothes. She complied, picked a bucket and a “leso” and went to the river. At around 2.00 p.m. word reached Jackline’s family that she had committed suicide.
According to the statements given by her classmates, the class teacher Madam Jenifer Chemutai did not scold or ridicule Jackeline for soiling her school uniform.
FAMILY FEUDS AND ALCOHOLISM
Jackline’s parents separated long time ago. Her mother and all her siblings were staying at her maternal grandmother’s place. Unfortunately for Jackline both her mother and grandmother are addicted to alcohol. It is Jackline who had the responsibility to undertake all the family chores.
Her elder sister had been hospitalized for a terminal illness for the last two months at Kapkatet General Hospital, leaving behind her two children under the care of Jackline. The sister had just been discharged from hospital at the time of investigations.
The investigation team also found out that the school had received its full consignment of sanitary towels for second term. At the time of our visit, the team could not establish the number of sanitary towels received and those dispensed to the learners due to poor record keeping. However, it was confirmed that the school had received and distributed it’s consignment for the months of August and September 2019.
The team counted 77 packets of the remainder of the said consignment in the school store. According to the teacher in charge, Jackline and the rest of the eligible girls received their supply of the towels for the months of August and September, on 30th July, 2019.
The team further visited Jackeline’s home and confirmed that she had used one of two packets of sanitary towels given to her by the school on 30th July, 2019. This was corroborated by her mother.
The Commission has perused the preliminary report and directed its officers to cover certain areas. As an employer in the public service the Commission’s mandate is limited to professional culpability of its employees and breach of regulations governing the teaching service. In this regard, the Commission may also be guided by technical reports from other specialized Government agencies who are also seized of the matter.
Accordingly, once the final Investigation Report is out, the Commission will make its decision on the matter based on the provisions of the law and the provisions of the Code of Regulations for Teachers and take appropriate administrative action if any based on the evidence and the merits of the case.
The Education Ministry has warned schools on the procurement and utilization of textbooks and other revision materials. In the latest directive, the Ministry warns schools to only purchase approved textbooks as listed in the Orange books. This comes after an outcry from parents who claim to have been forced to buy a vulgar book for their class six kids. The book titled Blood Ties, by storymoja life series, and authored by Zimkhitha Mlamzeli caused frenzy in Social media platforms for containing vulgar language.
But, now the Ministry has told schools to use only approved instructional materials.
“It has been noted with concern that some schools are procuring unapproved books that contain unsuitable contents,” warns the Ministry through a circular titled ‘Re: Use of approved books in schools’ and dated 19th September, 2019 by Elyas Abdi; the Ministry’s Director General.
“Please note that any Principal/Head teacher who fails to implement this policy will be in contravention of Section 27 of the KICD Act, 2013,” adds Abdi.
Section 27 (1) of the KICD Act, 2013 states; ‘Except as provided for under this Act, no person or institution shall develop or implement any curriculum or curriculum materials in respect to any education institution to which this Act applies, without approval and accreditation in accordance with the provisions of this Act or any other written law’.
Those found culpable, of contravention of this section, shall be liable on conviction for imprisonment for a period not exceeding three years or to a fine not exceeding one million shillings, or both.
The Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD) Vets all instructional materials intended for use in all Basic Educational Institutions implementing the national curriculum. After vetting, the Ministry publishes the vetted and approved books in two volumes (Orange book); 1). Approved list of text books and other instructional materials for secondary schools. 2). Approved list of school text books and other instructional material for Pre-Primary, Primary Schools and Teacher Training Colleges.
“The latest edition of the above is the 16th Edition, January 2017. An addendum to the Orange book for Competence Based Curriculum for Pre-Primary one, Pre-Primary two and Grade one to three was published in 2019 and is available on the KICD website”, adds Abdi.
On its part, the KICD said the book in question had not been approved as should be the norm. “This book is not approved by KICD. It is not listed in the Orange book that contains a list of all books that schools should use for teaching and learning,” said KICD in a tweet.
KICD has at the same time warned parents and teachers to be on high alert not to purchase unapproved educational materials. “Not all books in the market are approved. That is why teachers and parents are expected to rely on the Orange book to buy right books. We have previously responded to worrying content whose origin was books from foreign countries. This book is not approved,” warns the KICD.
In a rejoinder, the Publisher of ‘Blood Ties’ admits that the book that has been circulating for the wrong reasons is not approved by KICD.
The Education Ministry does direct supply of text books to schools. Statistics from the ministry reveal that in the past one year, the government has supplied 32 million books for learners in secondary schools covering six core subjects; Mathematics, English, Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Kiswahili.
The Kenya National Examinations Council, knec, runs a number of portals that are used for registration of candidates for various exams, Centre Registration, registration confirmation and results download.
Below is the mandate of the Council as outlined in Section 10 of KNEC Act No. 29 of 2012: To;
Set and maintain examinations standards
Conduct public academic, technical and other national examinations within Kenya at basic and tertiary levels
Award certificates or diplomas to candidates in such examinations. (Such certificates or diplomas, shall not be withheld from the candidate by any person or institution)
Confirm authenticity of certificates or diplomas issued by the Council upon request by the government, public institutions, learning institutions, employers and other interested parties
Undertake research on educational assessment
Advice any public institution on the development and use of any system or assessment when requested to do so, and in accordance with such terms and conditions as shall be mutually agreed between the Council and the public institutions
Promote the international recognition of qualifications conferred by the Council
Advice the Government on any policy decision that is relevant to, or has implications on the functions of the Council or the administration of examinations in Kenya
Do anything incidental or conducive to the performance of the preceding functions
Develop examination policies, procedures and regulations
Develop national examinations
Register candidates for the KNEC examinations
Conduct examinations and process the results
Award certificates and diplomas to successful candidates
Conduct research on educational assessment
Carry out equation of certificates and diplomas issued by other credible examining boards
Conduct examinations on behalf of foreign examination boards
Advise the Government on matters pertaining to examinations and certification.
Here are the Knec Portals:
Grade 3 Portal
This portal is used to capture details of grade 3 learners, download grade 3 assessment materials and to capture assessment results for the learners. To access the portal click on; https://cba.knec.ac.ke/Account/
The KCPE and KCSE Portal
This portal is used for administration of the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education, KCPE, and Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education, KCSE, exams.
The portal allows Primary schools to register candidates, Confirm Registration and Download the KCPE result slips online. For Secondary schools, the portal allows for candidates’ registration, Confirm Registration, Download & upload KCSE projects data, download KCSE results and perform KCSE Qualifying Test Registration.
This portal allows various professionals to apply for knec exam administration posts like: Centre Managers, Supervisors, Invigilators and Security Officers’ posts. To access the portal use this link; http://cp2.knec.ac.ke/Account/Logon