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National Association of Private Universities Want Only Deserving Students to Be Funded

The National Association of Private Universities (NAPU) has recommended that only students in higher institutions of learning should be funded.

Through their Secretary General Dr Vincent Gichuru Gaitho who is also the Vice Chairperson of Mount Kenya University Council, they said that the union had presented their proposals to the Presidential Working Party on Education Reforms (PWPER).

According to the NAPU Vice Chairperson, the Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Service (KUCCPS) does not consider the amount of money that the Universities Funding Board (UFB) has when they allocate funds to students.

“KUCCPS must liaise with the UFB and determine the budget available and differentiate unit cost. When we fund everybody, it shall not be sustainable,” said Gaitho.

The main role of the UFB is to advise the Cabinet Secretary on issues related to university education funding and related policy issues.

With Consultation with the Cabinet Secretary, they are also supposed to develop transparent and fair criteria for the allocation of funds to universities in line with the set criteria.

The UFB also helps with finances by mobilizing and receiving funds for the Government, donors and other sources of funds.

The Presidential Working Party was constituted by the Head of State and was tasked with assessing the education sector, collecting views from the public and coming up with recommendations on education reforms regarding the Competence-Based Curriculum (CBC).

Members of the public have been giving their views and recommendations on the CBC with teachers’ unions and other education stakeholders also playing their part.

Members of the public have until the 18th of November 2022 to submit their views regarding the extensive reforms in the education sector.

President William Ruto is set to make a decision regarding the fate of Grade 6 learners who are set to join Junior Secondary School next year.

More than 3.5 Million Grade 6 pupils are set to undergo a national assessment for primary schools between the 28th and the 30th of November which will run at the same time as the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) examination.

On Thursday the 10th of November, President Ruto said that learners who are expected to join the junior secondary school will be able to know whether they will study in primary or secondary institutions.

Speaking when chairing the inaugural meeting of his new Cabinet, Dr William Ruto promised to offer “guidance” on the subject based on recommendations from the Presidential Working Party which has been doing an assessment on the Competency-Based Curriculum. (CBC).

Following the Cabinet meeting, the task force issued an update on the assessment.

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