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Adolescence: A unique period of challenge and opportunity for positive development By Emmah Kanyara Every child dreams of growing up and enjoying the perceived freedom that comes with status. Imagine getting to pick what to wear or even the privilege of deciding when to leave the house and what time to get back! Good life huh? However, before one gets there, a person has to go through transitions, and one of the major ones is adolescence Adolescence is a transitional period marked with...
KISWAHILI QUOTES Maisha ni kama baiskeli ili iende lazima uchochee. Hakuna atakaye endesha katika mgongo wako labda uiname. Lipa kwanza utacheza baadaye. Huwezi penda kila mtu na huwezi chukia kila mtu. Huhitaji miwani ndio uone maisha yyyyya baadaye. Ubinafsi waweza kufungua milango lakini tabia tu ndio itakayoiweka wazi. Nikumbuke katika maombi kama vile unikumbukavyo katika masengenyo.    BY...KEMUNTO JANE MAJIBU ZA ABUNWASI Mwalimu aliuliza, ‘‘Kama mtoto mdogo huitwa mchanga je...
       POEM: SPARE ME At first, I thought It was a pimple of adolescent but then the patches on my skin Then thinning and heightening I remember the sting of the monster   I met the monster camouflaged a sheep As I stock a wool Like a snipping viper He swings and then fangs Change my song   I am here to declare  To all those who dare To contract the monster snare A little sleep a little slumber He shall bounce and bounce the fangs From game rangers it's no longer a sheep in a...
TUJIKAZE KISABUNI TUIMARIKE MASOMONI                                                                                        Enyi Ndugu wazalendo nahubiri hadharani Tuzidi kukaza mwendo tuongoze shule yetu Nidhamu iwe shuleni maendeleo yatazidi Tujikaze kisabuni tuimarike masomoni Shule yetu ni ajabu wanafunzi ni minane Amani tunaiomba Maulana atulinde Tupate alama zetu tuongoze nchi pia Tujikaze kisabuni tuimarike masomoni Tuwaheshimu walimu adabu...
Charity Mueni studied in Machakos girl’s high school which was by the nicknamed... [macgerian]..In her secondary level she loved playing and engaged in athletics. Charity Mueni had a dream of becoming an agricultural engineer in which it ended up her becoming a high school teacher which was her second career. Charity Mueni passed her secondary education and joined the university where there was no agricultural engineering taught. Her parents helped her and mentored her in becoming a teacher...
In the recent past, armed conflict has been witnessed across many countries. Natural disasters, violence, terrorism, and other crises continue to leave many people with psychological wounds that require specialized help. All these challenges have shifted the conceptualization of health from the medical dimension only to include the mental dimension. It is now generally accepted that mental health is an important aspect of quality life and this has pushed up the demand for Psychologists. In the...
For children to develop and succeed in a career or at the work place, a collaborative relationship between the school, the child and the parent is vital. In most cases, parents abdicate their role and instead entrust the whole journey of academic and career development of their children to the teachers as the experts. However, it should be noted that in the course of career development, parenting is a critical component that cannot be delegated. Some of how parents can enhance the career...
Career is commonly understood to mean a profession or job that one does in a lifetime. However, career could be expanded to refer to all achievements and work accomplished over a lifetime. Career is, therefore, a very important aspect in an individual’s life as it reflects the purpose of life for which a person exists. Failing to develop one’s career would, therefore, imply a failure to fulfill the purpose for which one was born to accomplish. How to Develop your Career It is important to...
The Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA) is a leading chartered private university (2019 University Webometrics) accredited by Commission for University Education in Kenya.  Like most other Universities, it started modestly as a graduate School of Theology known as the Catholic Higher Institute of Eastern Africa (CHIEA in 1984. It was established by the regional ecclesiastical authority known as the Association of Member Episcopal Conferences of Eastern Africa (AMECEA) with membership...
Last week marked the deadline to the form one admission process countrywide in an exercise that targeted more than one million students a first in the country owing to the president's pledge of one hundred percent transition from primary to secondary school. When most people look back on their high school days the majority of them say it was either the best or worst time in their life. Some think it was straight forward and easy, as for the rest a bit bumpy and rough to say the...
The Good Old High School Days. In just a few days the class of 2018 will complete their KCSE exam, and bid farewell to the high school period that lasted four years. A period of our lives that seems more meaningful and memorable than any other. It’s quite funny, isn’t it? The years pass by, but our memories remain intact. High school was a unique experience for everyone, each and everyone has different stories, events and triumphs that they recall. Nevertheless, they are simple but...
Crowning Moment for 2018 KCPE Candidates  A total of 1,060,703 candidates, received their fate as the 2018 KCPE results were released Monday afternoon by Education Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohammed at the Star of the Sea Primary School, Mombasa County. The exam was released in less than three weeks after the 1st November completion, greatly facilitated by the acquisition of 20 new scanning machines by the Kenya National Examination Council, keeping on with a trend where the examination body is...
Teen Pregnancies an Overwhelming Predicament in Kenya The just-concluded KCPE and the ongoing KCSE national exams have been an eye opener on the state of teenage pregnancies in the country. By the end of the KCPE exams, a total of ten cases had been reported across the country. A situation that has since seen Education Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed prompt the Quality Assurance and Standard Department to carry out an immediate investigation into the cases. “I have asked my quality assurance...
Calls for The Introduction of Sex Education in Learning Institutions. Talks of introduction to sex education in the country have dominated the airwaves, social media and other communication platforms for the better part of the month since the onset of the 2018 national exams. The talks on the controversial topic seem to have stemmed from the alarming teenage pregnancy cases as witnessed in the ongoing national exams. According to the director of education in Kitui County, Salesa Adano 72...
Extracurricular Activities in Student Development It has been argued that extracurricular activities are not as important in a student’s life, some parents worry that adding extra things on their children's plates might compromise their academic performance. Students too are not left out in this dilemma, with some worrying that participating in extracurricular activities may take too much time from their schoolwork, thus affecting their grades. However, the myth has over the years been...
Different Types of Students in Group Projects  “Two heads are better than one,” “more hands make for lighter work," " the more, the merrier.” You’ve probably heard of these adages, they speak to the potential and advantages of working in groups as opposed to an individual basis. Many of the teachers are using groups as a way to change the pace in the classroom. Group projects can be an effective method to motivate students; it helps them develop a host of skills that are increasingly...
LAUNCH OF TVET, CBET FRAMEWORK, OCCUPATIONAL STANDARDS AND CBET CURRICULA.  The launch of the TVET Competency Based Education Training (CBET) Policy Framework at the Kenya Technical Trainers College was held on 24th of October at the Kenya Technical Trainers College at Gigiri, in attendance were Principals of Technical Training Institutions, TVET partners, Representatives of National Polytechnics, Government and Ministry of Education officials and Industry Representatives. The Principal...
Technologies Impact on Education In Kenya Can you escape the purview of technology when living in the 21st century? Technology has exerted influence in almost every aspect of life today. In this exponentially changing world, the education sector in the country has not been spared in this regard. In many ways, technology has immensely changed education as we know it. It has profoundly expanded access to education. Flashback to the past, books were rare, and only an elite few had access to...
Journey to The New Competence Based Curriculum Kenya is on the road to implement a new education curriculum, that will eventually replace the current 8-4-4 system that has served the country for the last three decades since its introduction in 1985 by the now-retired president Daniel Arap Moi. The previous systems adopt 8 years of primary education, 4 years of secondary school and 4 years of university education. The move to establish a new curriculum was brought about by education experts who...
Learners Feted in the Kenya Climate Change Art and Essay Competition The award ceremony to the first edition of the Kenya Arts and Essay Competition was held at the Kenya Meteorological Department Headquarters in Nairobi on the 11th of October 2018. It comes days after the completion of the judging process to the hundreds of essay, drawings, and painting that had been submitted by most of the primary and secondary schools in Nairobi county on climate change. It was all pomp and color at the...
The Long End of Year Break for Secondary and Primary Students. The end of the 2018 school calendar is fast approaching with schools expected to break on the 26th of October ushering in a rather long holiday for learners in the country. It is all smiles for the students as they eagerly anticipate school closure with some even having already formulated a countdown to the closing. Finally, rest and sigh of relief from the books, tight schedules, routines, and the school environment and after all a...
Student Enrollment in University It is that time of the year, where the long wait is finally over with the September- October university and college intake currently underway. For many hopefuls, it is time to shift the focus back to their academic lives after the long wait at home to join the institutions of higher learning in the country. The higher education culture has changed over the years, as in the past only a few students in the country made it to the university level. But now almost...
The Kenya National Examinations 2018 are due to begin in less than a month. The Kenya certificate of primary education is slated to start on the 30th of October with rehearsals to be conducted countrywide on the 29th of October. The Kenya certificate of secondary education, on the other hand, is slated for the 2nd day of November with the last paper expected to be done on the 28th of the same month. Third term for the candidates involves activities all of which are aimed to prepare for the...
KENYA NATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVALS 2018 The 2018 Kenya National Music Festivals were held at the Dedan Kimathi University of Science and Technology from 6-18th August 2018. The theme of this year’s fete was Enhancing national cohesion and integration, which the students aptly interpreted through various sub-themes including peace and reconciliation, national cohesion, self-employment, the Big-4 Agenda, cultural diversity, anti-graft issues and agriculture among others The gala event brought...
How Back To School Traditions Have Changed Over the Years. For many, it might seem like each school holiday passes faster than the last and before you know it, its time to go back to school. I can still remember vividly to this day how going back to school in Primary School meant getting packed lunch,this  was something I hated because it meant getting semi-hot food packed in a lunchbox that was a third my body size, not to mention the soup that would occasionally drip onto the many textbooks...
RAMIFICATIONS OF HAVING A CRIMINAL RECORD AS A STUDENT. On 8th July 2018, The Directorate of Criminal Investigation (DCI) issued a grim warning to all learners in the country admonishing them against involvement of any form of crime while in school. The Ministry of Education Cabinet Secretary Amb, Amina Mohammed stated 107 cases of unrest were reported in secondary schools last year. The cases involved 63 arsons that saw property worth millions of shillings reduced to ashes, 23 cases of...
Digital Learning Shaping Education in Kenya. Recent strides have been made over the years concerning technology in education. One such initiative is a program, aimed at supporting the Digital Literacy Project by Ministry of Education, it gives primary schools the opportunity to start a digital journey for integrating ICT into everyday lessons by setting up computers in classrooms and solar powered labs. Camara Education has teamed up with Dell and Computer Aid to provide access to information...

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