MCK to inspect middle level colleges offering journalism
31 July 2014, 22:56
Nairobi – The Media Council of Kenya (MCK) has started to
inspect the legibility of all middle colleges offering Diploma courses in
Journalism and Media Studies in the country to establish whether they meet the
Council’s set standards.
The MCK CEO, Haron Mwangi the Media Council Act 2013
mandates the Council to set standards for the journalism profession and inspect
and accredit colleges to ensure that quality and relevance are maintained.
“The Council has set up a committee comprising of scholars
from the universities, lecturers from middle level colleges, Kenya National
Examination Council (KNEC), KASNEB and the Ministry of Education. The
Committee will commence college inspection in two months,” said Mwangi.
He asserted that the Council consulted with the media
industry, colleges and universities to develop a curriculum for middle level
colleges teaching journalism at diploma level and has been vetted and certified
by the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD).
“This will ensure that all colleges have equal standards and
quality and that examinations offered are responsive to emerging issues and
competence requirements in journalism and media industry,” stated Mwangi.
“It will also ensure that only those that go through
this curriculum have the opportunity to practice as journalists and are good
enough to pursue further professional training in the universities,” he added.
Mwangi reiterated colleges will be expected to have enough
teaching facilities and equipment such as cameras, radio and TV studios,
editing suites, libraries as well as competent and qualified personnel.
“The Council expects the colleges to submit relevant
documents immediately including registration details, location, list and
qualification of key personnel and lecturers and inventory of facilities and
equipment,” he said.
He further said the move to inspect the colleges is to
enable the Council in enforcing professionalism and regulating the conduct and
discipline of journalists in the country in addition to weeding out unaccredited
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