Yesterday President Uhuru Kenyatta made good on his promise to provide new buses for several secondary schools and colleges.
Some of the students and teachers had the honor to collect the buses from State House.
Some of the lucky schools included St Mary’s Sosio Girls in Bungoma, Elburgon Secondary School in Molo, Chilchilla Secondary School in Kepkelion, and Uhuru Kenyatta High School Kabiyet in Eldama Ravine.
However, something stood out from the president’s remarks. As he urged the learners to work hard , he also asked parents to stop putting too much pressure on students to score highly in their exams.
We highlighted this issue a few weeks back when we interviewed some students on the burning of schools. Students are feeling so much pressure to deliver stellar results, that they are too stressed. We are glad that the president has spoken on the issue.
However we still maintain that the education system needs an overhaul.
Kakea Mbachu is one of the students fine tuning their skills at the International School of Advertising. She sits tall and expresses herself confidently as she shares her story and therein her decision to come to study with ISA. Kakea got her undergraduate degree in International Relations at USIU but had always had an interest in PR. Her interest alone got her a job at one of Nairobi’s PR agencies where she worked while still going to school for her first degree. Upon graduation she realized that the International Relations world did not appeal to her and her heart was still set in PR.
“PR is in my blood, and I find the PR world exciting,” She says. The fire in her eyes is clear. She knows what she wants and she knows how to get it.
Kakea Mbachu is taking a CAM (Communications Advertising and Marketing) accredited by the Chartered Institute of Marketing in the UK. She knows that a CAM diploma will not only align her passion with the Communications and PR world but also prepare her to be at the cutting edge of professional development with practical skills in Digital Marketing and Communications.
“It’s great to understand the whole Communication ecosystem and the different roles within it and how they all interact in the digital revolution we are all experiencing.”
The CAM diploma is a 9 unit course covering Marketing Communications, Digital Marketing and Integrated Digital Media and Marketing. You can learn more about CAM alongside other professional courses here.
At the wake of Kenyan high school strikes and property worth millions burning into ashes, we sought teeniez’ view on this grave issue. The students, all from several schools had the following to say;
(Actual names withheld)
“We are tensed (sic) about the exam because there is no leakage this year.” – Peter
“Tough admins are a reason. School admins don’t involve us in making small decisions for the school. They are tough and harsh! The tension between us and teachers is due to the strictness.” – Tom
“Matiangi’s rules are too harsh. They are bringing exam tension. His rules are inconsiderate.” – Ann.
“Some people expected leakage in third term, so lack of it is just a major blow.” – Mike
“I think it’s just the students inciting each other; teachers have nothing to do with this. This is all peer influence amongst the students because we have no voice out there.” – Mary.
“Frustration is brewing amongst bitter students. As in the term has been extended and third term we have no activities at all, it’s a strain to us. Peer pressure is encouraging more and more guys to gang up and burn schools. The main problem is the fact that we have no say as students. They need to let us make choices. The pressure from Matiang’i just creates more and more tension.” – John
“The problem is not in the schools, it’s at KNEC. Locking us in school won’t make a difference. KNEC itself should reform. The shock of change of culture and tension about MOCKS and KCSE is exploding. We are trying to find ways to air grievances.” – Ken
“If people burn things and riot out there when trying to pass a message, then what do you expect us to do?” – Robert
“We have no say and rules are being made without considering our views. Due to this guys are looking for other ways to be noticed.” – Steve
From the reactions of these students and some of the school teachers we interviewed, we can deduce that there possibly could be a main reason behind the recent unrest. One that’s looming below the surface and most people can’t seem to identify clearly. It’s the big elephant in the room.
Could it be that exam fraud might be the trigger?
Could it be that the possibility of being unable to access exam “leakage” could be triggering the current wave of school unrest? Could the current Education CS be under fire because of his tough measures to end exam cheating?
According to the National Aids Control Council, AIDS is the number 1 killer among Kenyans aged between 10 and 24 years.The highest numbers are among high school students aged 16-19 years.
These findings from 2013 were released by the Health Ministry yesterday.
These chilling facts point to the fact that young people are indeed having sex, even at the tender age of 9
The highest risk factor in this case is unprotected sex. The youth fear pregnancy more than they fear STDs and HIV/AIDS.
Burring our heads in the sand
As hard hitting as this may sound, it needs to be said, We as a nation are burring our heads in the sand when it comes to the youth and sex. We still have the mentality that ‘if we do not talk about it, it won’t happen’. Well open your eyes people, it is happening, Teens are engaging in risky sexual behavior without a care in the world,
We are losing our future generation right before our eyes.
The community needs to talk about sex with the youngsters more often. We cannot turn a blind eye to the fact that kids as young as 9 are having sex, without even knowing what it is. We need to be open about sex, but instead condom and kissing ads are being banned.
A Perth mum has given birth to quintuplets – one boy and four girls – in just two minutes.
Kim Tucci, 26, announced on Friday that she and her husband Vaughn Tucci have welcomed five new children to their growing brood – a son, Keith, and four daughters – Ali, Penelope, Tiffany and Beatrix, according to Woman’s Day.
She was just 30 weeks along when she went into labour at King Edward Memorial Hospital.
Mrs Tucci, who has a nine-year-old son from a previous marriage and two daughters with her husband Vaughn, fell naturally pregnant with quintuplets while trying for a boy with her husband and has been documenting the highs and lows of her pregnancy since receiving the news.
Earlier in 2014 Citizen Screen Siren Ann Kiguta was engaged with one Steve Ngunyi who is a marketing and advertising guru. The two were in a strong relationship that had seen them perform a traditional wedding and were preparing for a church wedding which was scheduled to take place on February 2014.
According to rumors on social media, the two divorced after Ann met Steve with another woman but according to her speculations during a recent interview with Citizen Digital, Ann Kiguta revealed she was in an abusive relationship where her husband battled her every now and then even in front of their daughter and it was then she decided enough is enough and left him.
Well Ann Kiguta is yet to move on with another man unlike Steve who has moved on and has already married. His where about is currently a mystery as he has not been in the lime light for a long time.
Girls have you ever found yourself in a situation where you feel you’re ready to date but your parents don’t seem to agree?
As teenagers, any guy, to your parents, are just out to mess with you, even though that’s not the case. So it seems easier to sneak behind their backs instead of coming clean. But it’s not so hard to tell them, you just need the proper way to say it. So here are steps you follow:
Step 1: Pick Which Parent You Want To Start With.
It’s normally easier to talk to the one you’re closer to because they’d understand you easily. Once one parent understands you the other one will obviously have to with time.
Step 2: Talk About Your Guy With Your Parent From Time To Time Highlighting His Best Personality
First talk about him as your close friend, because it’s easier for your parent to welcome that idea and give him a chance to get to know him. Talk mostly about what’s good about him, because then again, first impression normally matters.
Step 3: Invite Him Over At The Appropriate Time
Once your parent gets used to the idea of him it’s time to bring him over. The most appropriate time is when you have some kind of function. It leaves your parents little time to question him, so they opt to observe him, so make sure your guy is on his best behaviour.
Step 4: Truth Time!
Once you’re parents have known and met him and like him then it’s finally time. How do you know? They compliment his personality say he’s a good guy. That becomes your green light to break the news, but don’t jump into it. Give them a week or two then announce that the two of you are an item. But even after knowing him they still don’t like him, then that’s your red flag to stop dating the guy. Even though as teenagers you don’t agree, parents do know what’s best for you.
There you have it! So no more late night calls or lying you’re going out with your girlfriends. Be free!