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VC calls for scraping of KCPE exams

25 February 2015, 09:21 Jane Zack

Busia - The Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) should be totally abolished so that pupils can transcend from primary schools straight to secondary schools and eventually into Universities, the Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology (MMUST) Vice Chancellor, Professor Fredrick Otieno has said.

Speaking during the launch of MMUST Busia campus on Tuesday, Prof. Otieno also noted that all students should acquire at least "O" level certificate when they are mature enough to enter the workforce.

The VC further appealed for an education summit in Busia County and all other Counties in the western region to bring together scholars so they can find out what is preventing schools in the region from performing well.

"I do not see why a 13-year-old pupil should drop out of school at such a tender age. What do you expect him or her to do in life?" Prof Otieno wondered.

He added, "I do hope that that summit can be there very soon."

Area Governor, Sospeter Ojaamong' also faulted the Kenyan education system and termed it as an undermining factor to the pupils, adding that the national government should adopt the western countries' system where pupils move to high school unexamined.

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Deputy Vice Chancellor, Professor Egara Kabaji said the campus will represent the needs of the people of Busia, adding that they have a list of programmes on offer.

He said MMUST was seeking collaboration with the County Government of Busia on a number of activities including capacity building and developmental matters.

Prof Kabaji said the new campus will offer a variety of courses in Governance, public relations, agriculture with emphasis on poultry keeping and other matters to benefit small scale farmers.

He said short courses to be offered include; Public Speaking, Financial and Human Resource Management, certain cadres on County leadership, debates and other relevant skills.

Degree, diploma and certificate courses in Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance will also be offered, with teachers who enroll for programmes at the Campus standing a chance to enjoy 15 percent discount owing to the institution's agreement with KNUT.

Busia County Chief of Staff, Robert Papa regretted that Kenyan students were flocking Ugandan colleges due to high fees charged in Kenya, thus the need by MMUST to address such challenges and find areas of partnerships with County governments.

County Assembly Speaker, Bernard Wamalwa said the coming of university is relief to students who have been forced to travel long distances to acquire knowledge.

County Education Executive, Azida Ali urged the Varsity administration to look for enough land that would transform the campus in a constituent college and eventually a fully-fledged university.

Besides the newly opened Busia Campus, MMUST has other campuses in Vihiga and Bungoma.

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