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KTDA Foundation, PlayPoint Education East Africa partner to mentor youths from Tea Zones on digital innovation

KTDA Foundation contributes to nurturing responsible youth through supporting various educational initiatives across the 69 KTDA managed factory catchment areas.

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Head of KTDA Foundation Sudi Matara addressing press during the launch of the program in Nakuru.PHOTO/Pristone Mambili.

The Kenya Tea Development Authority Foundation in partnership with PlayPoint Education East Africa and Taylor’s of Harrogate has launched a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) digital learning mentorship program.

The program is aimed at helping over 200 students drawn from across KTDA’s 12 Administrative zones ,come up with innovative ways of solving problems affecting tea growing communities.

Speaking in Nakuru on Wednesday during the launch of the program, Head of KTDA Foundation Sudi Matara said the program is redesigned with a focus on resilience.

He added that it includes social dynamics that prepare the learners with the capacities to respond to rapid changes and adapt to changes in the world economy.

Matara was categorical that the program will see students come up with models and solutions that would address challenges that farmers are facing and improve their livelihoods.

“We need to be able to come up with models and solutions that would address the challenges farmers in the tea growing zones are facing and the best way is use of technology” said Matara.

Peris Kinyanjui- a teacher from Nyeri Tea growing zone lauded the program adding that it will help her learn skills in robotics and coding.

She noted that the program will also help address the challenge of fear towards sciences among learners as it will now make learning interesting.

“This program is key as it will help us solve problems in our schools and the community around tea factories. This will help learners have fun when handling sciences and encourage even more to have interest in the sciences” she said.

Alex Magu from STEM Impact Centre on his part reiterated the need to focus on innovation so as to be on the same level of the current technological advancement.

According to Magu, Information, Communication Technology (ICT) should be integrated in classrooms to help learners be innovative.

“Technology has taken a very huge role in our society and it is high time that we mentor and train our learners on the same. We want to push the journey and reach every household in Kenya to mentor young learners in technology” said Magu.

KTDA Foundation contributes to nurturing responsible youth through supporting various educational initiatives across the 69 KTDA managed factory catchment areas.

 

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MP Arama sounds stern warning to dayschool heads over extra costs

Arama who was speaking at NG-CDF office on Thursday during issuance of bursary cheques worth Ksh.20 million for needy students, said he will take up the matter with relevant ministry.

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Nakuru Town West MP Samuel Arama addressing journalists after issuance of bursary cheques.PHOTO/Pristone Mambili.

Nakuru Town West MP Samuel Arama has hit out at section of Day School heads for charging parents extra costs.

The furious Arama said this was uncalled for and those doing so were contravening the government policy on free secondary education.

He revealed that some day schools were forcing parents to pay extra money and interfering with the 100 percent transition.

The second term MP was categorical that dayschool secondary education is free and no parent should be forced to pay extra fee.

According to him,the feeding program for students in Day Schools should be an agreement between parents and school and should not be used to keep students out of School.

Arama who was speaking at NG-CDF office on Thursday during issuance of bursary cheques worth Ksh.20 million for needy students, said he will take up the matter with relevant ministry.

He added that if action will not be taken,then he will lobby parents and assess situation in schools where complaints have been raised.

“As far as I am concerned and as far as Jubilee administration is concerned Education in secondary Day Schools is free.Its against the law for school heads to demand extra money in the name of lunch.I will personally deal with this in Parliament” said Arama.

He added that the government will not condone such acts from school heads whom he insisted had no authority at the moment to send away students.

The Jubilee Legislator maintained that that he will work closely with administrators to ensure full transition to secondary.

He called for dialogue with the ministry of education officials whenever a school is in crisis instead of sending learners away.

“We want to ensure all children are in school as per government policy” said Arama.

 

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Egerton University student commits suicide over suspected depression

Confirming the incident,Njoro Sub county police commander Jonathan Kisaka said the deceased had tried several times to take his life before the Sunday incident.

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A 23-year-old Egerton University student on Sunday committed suicide over suspected depression.

Confirming the incident, Njoro Sub-county police commander Jonathan Kisaka said the deceased had tried several times to take his life before the Sunday incident.

The officer noted that the deceased identified as Edward Chege was living in a rental house just a few meters from the main campus.

“Yesterday we received a report of a suicide incident. The student might have been depressed for he had severally tried to take his life” he said.

The body of the deceased was taken to Egerton University Mortuary awaiting postmortem.

Mr Kisaka called on youths to share their problems with counsellors to avert such incidents.

“Depression is real and people should seek help,” he said.

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Kinyanjui calls on Tuju,Murathe to resign over Jubilee party’s predicaments

Kinyanjui who was elected on Jubilee party ticket and serving his first term said there is need for the party to b revived through new faces that can take it to the next level.

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Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui at a past function.PHOTO/NGPU.

Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui has slammed Jubilee party Secretary General Raphael Tuju and Vice Chair David Murathe over predicaments facing the party.

Addressing a press conference in on Friday,the furious Kinyanjui said time is now that the two quit for failing.

He added that as leaders elected on Jubilee ticket,they will not sit and watch the duo destroy the party.

“We have lost confidence in their leadership.Both Tuju and Murathe their days in Jubilee are numbered.The Party belongs to the people,we are the ones who were elected and stake is with us.We will not watch as the party is destroyed by afew people” said Kinyanjui.

Kinyanjui who was elected on Jubilee party ticket and serving his first term said there is need for the party to b revived through new faces that can take it to the next level.

Jubilee party has in the recent days faced wrangles with a aecrsec of legislators now subscribing to United Democratic Alliance associated with Deputy President William Ruto.

Former Majority leader Aden Duale afew days ago declared Jubilee party as structurally dead and that UDA was the party to watch in the 2022 polls.

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