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Teachers getting a new pay deal

KENYA… The stalemate of teachers not getting their proposed pay hike dates back to 1997 when they took part in a nationwide strike that saw them paralyze learning in all public schools and even interrupted secondary schools mock examinations. That was during President Moi’s regime and still teachers went back to class without exactly getting what they had hoped for. So the truth of the matter is no preceding regimes have been serious in honoring the wishes of our respected teachers.

But just a few days ago, I heard in the news a politician allied to the opposition promising to pay the teachers their pay ninety days after the coalition comes into power. He went ahead that the teachers should vote in the opposition during the next general election come 2017. We all know that when the deal is too good, think twice but I think at times our yearning for greener pastures makes us to have reservations for some good deals at hand. Imagining teachers have been getting a raw deal for such a long time and all of a sudden there are some hopes at the end of the tunnel so may be someone will after all put this into consideration.

I have heard a number of people claiming that teachers form a core in the education sector since everyone including the president has passed through a teacher to be where they are. So we all know teachers are entitled to better pay for a job well done.

I remember during the last year’s teachers strike, the opposition declared to continue showing solidarity for the teachers. So after the politician’s sentiments, the opposition better be serious about the teachers pay and let’s hope they are not only eyeing a win in the 2017 elections. But whatever the case, no one wants to see a recycle of very sweet deals for only being elected to the high office.

Plans to change the 8-4-4 learning system

As the Education Cabinet Secretary was releasing this year’s Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (K.C.P.E) he mentioned that there were plans in place whereby the President is expected to launch the curriculum reform process early next year. People have been complaining for quite some time that the current 8-4-4 system is not helping the children at all.

This system was introduced in the year 1985 by the former President Daniel Toroitich Arap Moi. Before then only about 25-30% of students made it to secondary school and that’ why this system was introduced to cater for the 75% of the students who could not make it to join secondary schools. But then this system’s vision that was there initially got lost somewhere along the way and so what we have is not the original 8-4-4 system that was introduced by the former president.

What led to the failure is the lack of funding to foresee the smooth learning of the subjects involved like provision of workshops for may be wood work and metal work.

Then there was freezing of employing of teachers to teach the various technical subjects and no more teachers were being trained to tackle these subjects and started learning how to use a scrap metal pick up tool .

So we need a curriculum that includes all children by allowing them to express their talents. This means students will be admitted to schools depending on the talents that they may have been recognized to have. For example if you are good in sports then its only okay going to a school that favors you.

Now in the current curriculum have only five subjects and no practical at all. The Home science subject that equipped students with the sewing and cooking skills has long since been scrapped from the syllabus. At the same time, the present system favors very few students since it gives no room for creativity.

Let’s hope that the government keeps the ball rolling and give our children the system of learning that they deserve for them to have a better future, some will be even able to start their own business with the welding training.

Morgue Blamed Over The Missing Twin Babies

fraternal twins

fraternal twins (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

An inquiry has been forced to check the conduct of the Kenya’s largest Maternity Hospital, Pumwani, after the disappearance of twins last month.

Allegedly, a female patient delivered twins in the hospital but it later emerged that her babies died under mysterious circumstances.

According to the affected family, the new mother said that the first kid did not cry after delivery and that the baby had difficulty in breathing. She continued to say that the midwives took the child to medical check up but was later informed that the child passed on. However the second child was fine when it was taken away but it turned out to be the same ugly ending when she needed to see her babies.

The family had no choice but to go for DNA check up to see if it was true that her babies were indeed dead. That was when it emerged that the babies that were allegedly dead were not twins and the complainants were not biological parents.

Now the game has shifted from its initial stage to another high profile level. The Pumwani Maternity Hospital has switched the blame to the morgue where the bodies were being kept. The hospital has blamed the morgue attendants of switching the identity of the twins for unknown bodies.

As it is now, the atrocities committed by the hospital staff will never face the law since someone is playing smart in this issue.

This is not the first time that the hospital has been in lime light of over missing new born babies. At one time, the maternity hospital was accused of selling children to unknown ring of human traffickers. But since there was no one to press charges against the popular maternity hospital, the rogue staff posing as qualified midwives survived and my guess is they have started human trade again.

Recently, human trafficking report accused Kenya of being the main route for people who do this business. Now it is evident that some people are taking advantage of this situation to enrich themselves through this illegal business.