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MCK to inspect middle level colleges offering journalism

31 July 2014, 22:56 Samuel Kisika

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 institutions.


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