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New TSC 5,000 teaching vacancies to be filled in August, 2019; Full details

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The Teachers Service Commission is advertising 5,000 posts for recruitment of Secondary School teachers to support the 100 percent transition policy from Primary to Secondary Schools as follows: –

A. RECRUITMENT OF NEW TEACHERS (4000 POSTS).
Eligible candidates should meet the following basic requirements:
(i) Be Kenya citizens;
(ii) Must be 45 years of age and below;
(iii) Must have original Professional and Academic Certificates;
(iv) Must be registered with the Teachers Service Commission.
Applicants for posts in Secondary Schools must be holders of a minimum of Diploma in Education Certificate. Interested candidates should apply to the Secretary, Board of Management of the school where a vacancy has been advertised and submit a copy of the application to the TSC County Director.
All applicants should submit their application to the Boards of Management not later than 30th August, 2019.
The Commission will only deal with TSC County Directors and Boards of Management in this exercise. Direct application to the Commission will NOT be considered.
Successful applicants MUST NOT fill employment forms in more than one school as this will lead to disqualification in both institutions.

B. APPOINTMENT OF PRACTISING TEACHERS IN PUBLIC PRIMARY SCHOOL (1000 POSTS)
Eligible candidates should meet the following basic requirements:
i) Be Kenyan Citizen;
ii) PI Certificate;
iii) Bachelor’s Degree in Education with 2 teaching subjects;
iv) Must have minimum mean grade C+ (Plus) at Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) or its equivalent and minimum C+ (Plus) in the two teaching subjects.
Interested candidates under this category should submit their application to the Secretary Teachers Service Commission through online platform www.teachersonline.tsc.go.ke not later than 30th August, 2019.
Successful candidates under this category shall be appointed at T-Scale 7- Grade C2 and shall be posted to secondary schools where vacancies exist.

C. RECRUITMENT OF PRIMARY SCHOOL TEACHERS (1000 POSTS)
(i) Be Kenya citizens;
(ii) Must be 45 years of age and below;
(iii) Must have original Professional and Academic Certificates;
(iv) Must be registered with the Teachers Service Commission.
Applicants for posts in Primary Schools must be holders of PI Certificate. Interested candidates should apply to the TSC County Director in the County where vacancies have been advertised and submit all relevant academic and professional documents. Those who had applied earlier and were unsuccessful must apply a fresh since a new merit list for 2019/2020 financial year will be generated. Successful candidates will be deployed to serve in any part of the Country.

The Teachers Service Commission is an equal opportunity employer and persons with disabilities (PWDs) are encouraged to apply.

CAUTION:
The recruitment exercise is free of charge. The Teachers Service Commission wishes to caution applicants against fraudsters who are out to extort money from unsuspecting individuals purporting to be in a position to influence the employment process.
Any fraudulent activity should be reported to the nearest police station, or to Teachers Service Commission headquarters through the following hotlines between 8.00 a.m. and 5.00 p.m.

Director (Staffing)
1. Tel: 0202892193
2. Tel: 0202892131
3. Tel: 0202892132
4. Tel: 0202892133

OR
Write to the Commission through the email address dirtm@tsc.go.ke

For detailed information on available vacancies in Secondary Schools applicants are advised to:
a) Visit TSC Website www.tsc.go.ke
b) Visit TSC County and/or Sub County offices where they wish to apply for the advertised positions.

Going to Arusha, Tanzania? This is all you need to know

Kenya/ Tanzania Namanga One Stop Border Post
Kenya/ Tanzania Namanga One Stop Border Post

Travelling to another country comes with a few mandatory requirements. Top on the list is a passport and yellow fever vaccination. It is prudent that you arm yourself with requisite information so as to avoid unnecessary inconveniences. Again, performing some procedures at the Border point is somewhat expensive as the guys there take advantage of the situation.

Yellow Fever jab

The Yellow Fever injection is a mandatory requirement before being allowed to cross the border. This injection can be done at the border and it takes few minutes. Below is a sample of the Yellow Fever card that is issued after paying the required.

Yellow Fever 1
Yellow Fever 1

Temporary Passport

1). First, create an Ecitizen account by visiting https://accounts.ecitizen.go.ke/register/citizen
2). You will need: Your ID, working email account and mobile number.

How to get a Temporary Passport

1). After creating your E-Citizen account, Now log onto the account by entering your correct Email address/ ID No and Password.
2). Once logged in, click on ‘ Get Service’ under Department of Immigration Services tab. This will enable you to apply for child’s passport, temporary permit and application for a visa.
3). On the next window, click on ‘Make Application’. Then click on Temporary Permit (For Adult or Child)
4). You will get the following message;

Temporary Permit FOR ADULT
This is an application form for persons over 18 years Only
You can apply for, Temporary Permit and pay for it online. You can pay using mobile money, Credit and Debit Cards.

Steps of application
i). Read the instructions carefully then fill the application form.
ii). Select the mode of payment and pay for the passport fees.
iii). Download and print the application form
iv). Present the Temporary permit with an original National ID for adults and Original Birth Certificate for minors, to an immigration officer to the port of entry and exit
v). During the submission you need the following:
a). Download TWO(2) copies of the Temporary permit application and TWO(2) copies of the Invoice.
b). Applicant in Person.
c). Original ID card and its Photocopy or Birth Certificate & its copy for those under 18 years.
d). Two Coloured Passport-Sized Photos.

Temporary Permit fees: Kshs. 350

Note:
i). Ensure you are using your eCitizen account to apply for your own Temporary Permit. Applications applied on behalf of others will be rejected
ii). During submission you must come with original documents and photocopies of the same including a coloured passport photo.
iii). The Passport size photo must have been taken within three(3) Months.
iv). The applicant should not affix the photo on to the application by themselves.
v). The applicant should present the application form within a month from the application date.

5). Next, Select ‘Apply Now’ to complete the process.

6). Filling up the online application form. Enter your details into the displayed form. Required details include: Date of Birth, Height, Gender, Reason for Travel, Phone Number and Country of Destination. Others are: Physical address, occupation and Next of kin details. Then, click on ‘Continue’.
7). Now, review your entry (to ensure accuracy of entered data) and Click ‘Submit’ button to finish your application.
8). Payment: Now, select your preferred Payment method i.e Mpesa, Debit/Credit/Prepaid Card, EazzyPay, E-Agent, KCB Cash, Equity Cash, or Pesalink.
Once you receive a successful reply from the preferred Payment method. Click the ‘complete’ button thereafter.
8). Finally; Temporary Permit and invoice Printouts: To print your Temporary Passport, click on the ‘Download, Button. For the invoices, Click on ‘Print Invoice’.

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Mwalimu National Sacco updates; Information on Sacco performance and 2018 withholding tax refund

Mwalimu National SACCO
Mwalimu National SACCO

Sacco performance as at end of July, 2019:

-Asset base-47.3b (46.1b)
-Deposits-35b (32.8b)
-Loans-30.8b (30.9b)
-Turnover-3.5b (3.2b)
(Data in brackets was the July, 2018 position).

Ushirika day, 2019.

The Sacco received trophies in Risk management and technology among other categories.

Withholding tax on 2018 dividends.

__A provision had been made for 10% w/tax awaiting the ruling on the case filed by Kussco. Kussco won the case hence only 5% tax was implemented. The Sacco shall do an SMS blast to members on both refund or capitalisation options.

Sacco subsidiaries.

  • Juja land sale put on hold briefly to attract higher value.
    -Not all Kisaju houses have been sold. Plans are at an advanced stage to make members secure mortgage to buy the houses.
  • Spire bank recorded a net profit of over 85m in the first two quarters of 2019. However, the bank continues to face liquidity challenges due to the low number of customers transacting business with it and not having gotten a lender whose terms are in its best interests. But, the board will be finalising on a favourable funding deal this August.
    -The sustained negative media publicity against spire bank by suspect competitors aim to bring it down, but CBK has a clear record of the bank’s performance on daily basis.
    -The Board welcomes any person or investigating agencies to investigate any fraud cases in Spire bank. Go-mobile

-The Sacco Will by end of August 2019 secure a scalable ICT platform to alleviate the challenges members have always faced.

  • The cost of using go-mobile will be reduced from KSHS 72 to around KSHS 60. Data center

The Sacco has invested in a modern data center at the newly opened Mwalimu Towers. The Sacco appeals to the government, saccos and business entities to patronise this data center.

Appeal to members

-Let each one of us try to do business with spire bank, however miniature.

Note: Financial institutions are anchored on members confidence.

Via Chairman-Mwalimu National, Vihiga

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President Uhuru Kenyatta signs into law the Statistics (Amendment) Bill and the Accreditation Service Bill.

Photo/ File- President Uhuru Kenyatta at a past function.

President Uhuru Kenyatta this morning at State House, Nairobi, signed into law the Statistics (Amendment) Bill and the Accreditation Service Bill.

The Statistics (Amendment) Bill, which is now an Act of law, aims at streamlining the management of statistical information at national and county levels by ensuring data collection and processing is conducted in accordance with international best practices and standards.

The new statistics law also expands the mandate of the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics by aligning state agency to the provisions of the 2010 constitution.

The new Accreditation Service Act establishes the Kenya National Accreditation Service as the sole national agency charged with the responsibility of managing accreditation services in the country.

The law, which repeals the Kenya Accreditation Service Order of 2009, establishes a robust framework for the establishment of an internationally recognized accreditation system aimed at strengthening international recognition of Kenyan products.

The bills were presented to the President for signature by Solicitor General Kennedy Ogeto in a ceremony attended by Head of Public Service Joseph Kinyua, Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly Moses Cheboi, Leader of Majority in the National Assembly Aden Duale and Clerk of the National Assembly Michael Sial

Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital, MTRH, Boss Commissions Shoe4Africa Classrooms, Kuunga Mkono

Moi Teaching and Referal Hospital Logo
Moi Teaching and Referal Hospital Logo

Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital (MTRH) CEO, Dr. Wilson K. Aruasa, on Wednesday 31st July, 2019 in the presence of Toby Tanser, CEO, Shoe4Africa Foundation commissioned the newly opened classrooms; Kuunga Mkono at Shoe4Africa Children Hospital.

The newly opened classrooms will offer a variety of education programs including the newly implemented COMPETENCY BASED CURRICULUM (CBC), which is a new system of education designed by the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD) team and launched by the Ministry of Education in 2017. The CBC is designed to emphasize the significance of developing skills and knowledge and also applying those competencies to real life situations.

Speaking during the commissioning, Dr. Aruasa said that the construction of the classrooms will provide a conducive environment for children to be able to learn effectively and called upon corporates to come on board and partner with MTRH in realization of the Hospital’s vision and mission.

Dr. Aruasa lauded the Project for the great achievement and the impact it would create in the children’s lives.

MTRH is the only public Hospital in Kenya with classes for children.

In his closing remarks, the CEO emphasized on children’s education as an important value to be instilled and asked MTRH staff to be able to deliver on their mandate.

Other projects undertaken by the hospital that the CEO also commissioned included an extension within the Mental Health Unit for a paediatric section able to accomodate four children with an additional consultation room – the only such facility in the country; a new senior consulting staff changing rooms at the Majaliwa Theatre serving a capacity of 16 consultants; the hospital solar lighting project at Nyayo wards, Warehouse carpark, Coolstream restaurant and MTRH farewell home in a bid to improve the overall hospital lighting and security.

The CEO also launched works in the former hospital cafeteria which will be partitioned and refurbished to consolidate all the offices under the Directorate of Finance in a bid to improve its service delivery as well as free up the office space they currently occupy on the hospital complex’s ground floor to provide additional space for more consultation rooms at the hospital’s ambulatory clinics.

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KNEC to give an update on the 2019 Grade 3 monitoring of learners

Newsblaze breaking news.
Newsblaze breaking news.

The Kenya National Examinations Council, KNEC, will hold a presser at Mitihani House Caledonia on Dennis pritt road. The presser is slated for Today; August 14, 2019 at 10:30am.
The council will give an update on the 2019 Grade 3 Monitoring of Learner Progress.

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Finance Tips: How To Save More And Spend Less Abroad

Adventuring overseas? These are the best money Saving tips
Image- Adventuring overseas? These are the best money Saving tips

Visiting a foreign country is exciting. The best way to experience everything a different culture has to offer is by going out to eat, visiting museums, taking tours around, and going to events. 

Going on vacation is one thing; living abroad in a foreign country is another matter. Splurging a little while seeing the top-rated tourist sites is great for a short visit. And, while many expats feel the same desire to experience the best restaurants and museums of their new home, budgeting for living expenses and long-term savings must take higher priority. Here’s how to save more and spend less when living abroad for an extended amount of time.

Spend responsibly on living expenses

Living expenses can add up quickly, especially when you’re still finding your way in a new city or country. It’s tempting to dive right into new adventures, but keep an eye on your overall financial stability and savings goals. 

Looking for some ways to save? Cook at home, and invite new friends over, rather than going out to a restaurant every night of the week. Limit the souvenirs you buy for yourself and your family members; too often, these trinkets simply end up as dust collectors. Spend money on affordable experiences, which matter more in the long-run. And lastly, when booking your flights home or to your new country, be flexible to save on travel costs. Explore cheaper alternatives to air travel for day or weekend trips. These little things can make a big difference over time. 

Do your research on where to live

It can be intimidating to find a new place to live when you relocate for the first time. It’s tempting to sign for the first reasonably-priced apartment you see and call it a day. However, this can be an expensive mistake. Do some research to the place where you are moving to learn about public transportation options, proximity to grocery stores and other amenities, and to price out rentals in different neighborhoods. Ask some of these questions when considering where to relocate:

  • Is it cheaper to live outside the city center? (Don’t forget to factor in travel costs!)
  • Do your coworkers have any advice, insight, or leads on where to stay?
  • Where do other expats live? Find out where others from your home country have settled to give you access to a built-in community when you arrive.

Use public transportation

Many expats assume they will need to purchase a car to get around in a new country. However, many cities (and even smaller towns) offer good public transportation. Save money by getting around on existing infrastructure; it’s also a great way to immerse yourself in the rhythm and daily life of your new culture. “Some countries are big on the whole bicycling scene, so make sure you weigh up the different transportation options in order to help you save as much as possible.”

Shop local

When adjusting to life in a new country, many expats seek out the familiar. They’ll look for shops and products that are the same as where they shopped back home. Unfortunately, this can put a significant dent in your budget. In general, imports cost more than local products; supermarkets dedicated to expats tend to be more expensive than those used by the community.  

Wherever you relocate, make an effort to shop where the locals do. In Europe, for example, expats can save a ton of money by shopping at discounters such as Netto or Aldi. Even seeking out clothing stores that offer decent quality at a lower price can lead to big savings. Not only can you save money by shopping at local retailers, but expats also get the chance to learn how people in their new country really live. Immerse yourself in the sights and smells of your local market – and take advantage of the fresh produce while you’re there! 

Save on international exchange fees

Transfer fees can add up quickly. If you’re maintaining bank accounts in two separate countries or sending money to family back home, make sure to pay attention to international transaction fees and exchange fees. The best general advice is to avoid sending international money transfers via your bank. The experts at NerdWallet found that you’re likely to pay lower costs, not to mention the money will arrive faster if you use a licensed money transfer company. Here are some good options for you:

Living and working abroad is a great adventure and a big opportunity. Plan ahead for how you will save money, and enjoy your time exploring a new culture!

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Cryptocurrency: A New Investment Opportunity?

Bank notes. Read a detailed analysis on crypto-currencies, here.
Image- Bank notes. Read a detailed analysis on crypto-currencies, here.

Run a quick Google search and you’ll find all kinds of conflicting opinions out there about cryptocurrency. “Gamblers and speculators are the best candidates for the cryptocurrency market,” writes US News and World Report. “These kinds of returns are impossible to acquire within the realm of traditional investments,” crows one pro-cryptocurrency site.  

Cryptocurrency, and the underlying blockchain technology has been part of mainstream consciousness for the last few years. Today there are over 2,000 cryptocurrencies being traded. Bitcoin, Ethereum, and Ripple may be the top three by market cap, but there are all kinds of variations, including some seriously weird ones like Dogecoin and Whoppercoin. 

Like any investment, cryptocurrency requires careful research and consideration before choosing to buy any type of coin. This market is extremely volatile, which is why it may not make the best investment option for many people. Here’s what you need to know about cryptocurrency as a new investment opportunity. 

Cryptocurrencies have posted strong returns 

If you invested in cryptocurrencies even a year ago, there’s a good chance your investment has skyrocketed. In comparison with the traditional stock market, cryptocurrencies are yielding massive returns in the last five out of six years. Here’s how Bitcoin has performed since 2011: 

  • 2011- Bitcoin +1500%
  • 2012- Bitcoin +299%
  • 2013- Bitcoin +5400%
  • 2015- Bitcoin +37%
  • 2016- Bitcoin +130%

Some of the bigger tech stocks, such as Facebook, Amazon, and Google, have all seen great returns as well – but none can compete with Bitcoin’s total returns of 22,004%. Of course, it would be foolish to expect that kind of exponential growth to continue, but historic performance shows cryptocurrencies have strong potential. 

Crypto makes a great “global currency”

For those overseas, investing in a “global currency” is a particularly interesting opportunity. “With the very real ‘war on cash’ escalating in India, Australia, combined with an uncertain macroeconomic and geopolitical environment and a monetary crisis in Venezuela, conditions for Bitcoin’s demand-side reliability have heightened. Bitcoin can provide a superior alternative for people in the developing world looking for reliable digital payment channels,” writes The Balance

Investing in equities or bonds can make it hard to access your funds when you need them. You need to wait for the stock market to swing in your favor, or for a bond to mature, before you cash out. With cryptocurrencies, you have the ability to transfer money quickly across borders to friends, family, or business partners. 

Cryptocurrencies are speculative 

While cryptocurrencies might sound like a great investment opportunity, there are some caveats to entering this volatile market. The biggest concern many analysts have around cryptocurrencies are the speculative nature of the marketplace. A coin’s price ultimately depends on the supply & demand dynamics in the marketplace. The price goes up when people want to buy it, and there are not enough coins to be sold at the current price. The future price is entirely dependent on what other people will buy it from you at,” writes Hackernoona blockchain blog. 

Investing in crypto is similar to gambling: coins like Bitcoin aren’t based on the gold standard, or any standard for that matter. Despite the value determined by economic concepts like scarcity and utility, cryptocurrencies remain dependent on market forces – which can be too big a risk for some investors. 

There’s no federal protection for your investment

When a currency is based on the gold standard or tied to a national economy, there is some protection for investors should something go wrong. However, for those in the cryptocurrency market, the SEC can’t do much to protect investors from fraud. “A December 2017 statement from SEC Chairman Jay Clayton notes that decentralized exchanges and trading can often exist and occur outside the confines of the U.S. borders. And, since a number of digital currency transactions are designed to be anonymous, recovering your investment may not be possible,” writes the Motley Fool

Investing in a global currency is a double-edged sword. On one hand, you gain the ability to make seamless transfers and protect your wealth from fees. On the other hand, you lose the protection of a national watchdog or federal banking regulations. 

Cryptocurrency and blockchain may be the answer to high transfer fees

If you’re seeking to invest in your business, then cryptocurrency, and the underlying blockchain technology, might be a good tool to help you grow. Commercial payment fees cut into many merchant’s small profit margins. Credit card processing fees range from 0.9% to 2.9%, plus other hidden fees that can eat up revenue quickly. 

Cryptocurrency facilitates direct transfer, circumventing the third party that often charges for processing payments from a bank, credit card, PayPal, or another payment method. “This crypto benefit reduces processing fees charged by banks and financial institutions for wire and other fund transfers. The widely adopted blockchain technology stores the online transaction ledger and reduces the threat from hackers, as every new block created must be verified by the ledgers of each user on the market,” writes US World News ReportFor business owners, cryptocurrency can offer streamlined payment options to vendors and supply chain partners that might help their business grow in the long-run. 

Best case? Crypto as part of a diversified portfolio

Perhaps the best use of cryptocurrencies for the everyday investor is as part of a larger, diversified investment portfolio. For those seeking to capture the benefits of this investment opportunity, while keeping their risk profile low, should consider allocation between 2% – 3% of your total investment budget in cryptocurrency. As the crypto market matures, levels out, and becomes more accessible, security should improve and federal protection may catch up. 

Cryptocurrency is here to stay. As an investment opportunity, it’s worthwhile to consider growing your wealth while still managing your risk responsibly.

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KUPPET’S 2021-2025 CBA NEGOTIATIONS WILL START ON 22nd AUGUST, 2019; DETAILS

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KUPPET Logo

As the implementation of kuppet’s 2017-2021 CBA draws towards the end, with TSC having implemented the 3rd face in July and the final face expected in July next year, it has been confirmed that the negotiations for new dispensation CBA 2021-2025 will begin on 22nd August 2019 . TSC, in response to Kuppet demands, has invited kuppet leadership for a meeting in Nairobi to kick start the process.

According Secretary General Akelo Misori, the union has already set in motion new areas for engagement post 2021, among the areas targeted in kuppet proposal submitted to TSC early this year includes
✓ Immediate Enhancement of teachers Medical cover following kuppet leadership in parliment having successfully petitioned the August house to add an additional Ksh.2B to the current 5.9B
✓ Harmonization of house allowances based on job group as opposed to region
✓ Review of the basic salary for low cadre (classroom teacher) personnel who missed out in the current CBA
✓ Clear promotion procedures for diploma, graduate and post graduate tutors amongst others

National vice chairman Julius Korir while addressing a press conference this afternoon at kuppet headquarters assured teachers that the union will engage the employer tactfully but with utmost good faith to ensure that the all issues raised by secondary school teachers are addressed fully in the next CBA.

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Harambee Starlets players in camp ahead of Ethiopia friendly and Malawi Olympics Qualifier

Image- Kenya's Harambee Starlets players at a training session.
Image- Kenya's Harambee Starlets players at a training session.

The Kenya Women National team, Harambee Starlets, is set to face Ethiopia in an International friendly match slated for Saturday, August 17, 2019, at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos.

This as the team gears up for their upcoming Olympics Qualifier against Malawi, whose first leg is set to be played on August 28, 2019, with the second leg slated for September 1, 2019, at the MISC Kasarani.

Starlets kicked off residential training on Monday, August 12, 2019, in Nairobi, ahead of the match, which will serve as a build-up to the crucial qualifier. Kenya got a bye in the first round, and will have either of Gabon or Ghana in their way in the third round should they pass the Malawi test.

The qualifying tournament, which is in its fifth edition, will determine which team gains qualification to the 2020 Summer Olympics in Japan.

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