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No KCPE, KCSE this year as schools set to resume in January

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Primary and secondary schools will resume next year in January with a phased reopening of colleges and universities, Education CS George Magoha has announced.

Magoha said stakeholders have also shelved the reopening of candidates in 2021. The CS confirmed this year’s school calendar has been declared null and void due to the coronavirus. Magoha said all students to remain in their current class in 2021.

Magoha was speaking on Tuesday at KICD Nairobi accompanied by Education stakeholders. He said the universities will only reopen only when they meet the requirements. The institutions will undergo an inspection to decide if they have met the required regulations.

Kuppet secretary general Akello Missori said the burden of shouldering the health system should the trend continue will be enormous. “With children crowding, it will be impossible to think of opening schools,” he said.

KNUT secretary general Wilson Sossion said that they have engaged in the process saying that they support Magoha in every decision. 

National parents association chairman Nicholas Maiyo said Kenya should do away with the 2020 school calendar and reopen in 2021.”…this is because the academic calendar has been greatly dented,” Maiyo said.

President Uhuru Kenyatta had directed Magoha to notify the public on the resumption of the 2020 academic year. Uhuru in his address to the nation on Monday from Harambee House said the announcement should be made not later than Tuesday.

The proposal to reopen in September was among initial recommendations to President Kenyatta in May by a team formed by CS Magoha. But this was followed by a second recommendation in June opposing the September reopening and instead calling for reopening in January next year.

The January proposal was supported by stakeholders including teachers’ unions and CS Magoha who said schools will not be reopen until the infection curve is flattened.

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He is a very dangerous man! Sonko’s daughter accuses senator of attempting to kill her

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Lamu Senator Anwar Loitiptip and Saumu Mbuvi, daughter of former Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko, have announced their separation following wrangles and disagreement.

The reports were fuelled by photos and videos of Senator Loitiptip hanging out with a female friend.

Saumu, on Instagram, announced that the two have separated, claiming that she has undergone domestic violence under Loitiptip.

“These are the things he did to me,” wrote Saumu, in one of her photos showing a swollen face and bruised lips.

“He almost killed me. I will forever fight for women to stand for their rights. Never allow a man to be violent to you.”

She also claimed that the senator had neglected their child, leaving Saumu as the primary caregiver.

Loitiptip told Kenyans.co.ke that Saumu shared her father’s traits and was suffering from bipolar disorder, threatening to expose her past to prove his claim.

The two have been dating for months and at one point planned to get married. However, Sonko’s daughter clarified that the two had split before officiating their union.

“Wedding date confirmed,” she captioned a picture of herself and the senator in June 2020.

Her previous relationship with businessman cum politician Ben Gatu also ended after she accused him of being violent.

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US raises alarm over Covid-19 cases surge in Tanzania

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The US government has revealed that there are significant cases of Covid-19 in Tanzania.

This is just a week after it advised its citizens against travelling to the East African country.

“The US Embassy is aware of a significant increase in the number of Covid-19 cases since January 2021,” the Embassy said.

In a Health alert, the US said the practice of Covid-19 mitigation and prevention measures remains limited.

The Tanzanian government has not released aggregate numbers on Covid-19 cases or deaths since April 2020.

“Healthcare facilities in Tanzania can become quickly overwhelmed in a healthcare crisis. Limited hospital capacity throughout Tanzania could result in life-threatening delays for emergency medical care,” US said.

The Department of State’s travel advisory level for Tanzania is Level 3.

The US Centre for Disease Control and Prevention says that travellers should avoid all travel to Tanzania.

The Embassy continues to recommend that all individuals take caution in day-to-day activities.

President John Magufuli assured the 58 million inhabitants that they need not worry about observing Covid-19 preventative measures.

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Siwachii wezi! Uhuru vows not to leave the country to thieves in 2022

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President Uhuru Kenyatta on Wednesday made a surprising stop to lecture Nairobi residents after finishing his engagement at the National Cargo Deconsolidation Centre (NCDC-Nairobi).

The Head of State said he was angry at Nairobians for being against the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) Bill stating that the report has given Nairobi more constituencies.

“If we have a BBI that says the people of Nairobi will have more constituencies and if it’s bursaries a child in Mathare who today receives Ksh500, how will that child study up to university level,” President Kenyatta said.

“But there is another child who gets Ksh100,000 in Busury per year is that right?… BBI is not for helping Raila or Uhuru it is for you,” he continued.

Uhuru went on to disclose that he has no plans to rule after his term is over and his interest is in finishing the job that Kenyans elected him to do.

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