Kaimenyi orders principals to release KCSE certificates

By Christine Muchira/Release

Education Cabinet Secretary Prof. Jacob Kaimenyi has directed all Heads of Public Secondary Schools to release with immediate effect, Kenya Certificate of Secondary Examinations (KCSE) Certificates in their custody due to non-payment of fees.

Prof. Kaimenyi made the directive in a Circular to all County Directors of Education and District Education Officers.

The Circular, which is dated July 16, 2014, has been copied to the Principal Secretaries of Education, Dr. Belio Kipsang and his Science and Technology counterpart, Prof. Colleta Suda.

It has also been copied to the Chairman of the National Education Board, The Secretary of the Teachers Service Commission, Chairpersons of County Education Boards and the Secretary of the Kenya National Examinations Council.

“Pursuant to the Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC) Act, 2012, certificates issued by KNEC shall not be withheld from candidates by any person or institution,” Prof. Kaimenyi says.

The Cabinet Secretary adds that the government has enhanced capitation for secondary school students to take care of tuition and examinations starting from the current financial year as a means of easing the burden of fees payment by parents.

“This implies that the Government will meet the full cost of examination fees for all KCSE candidates in Public Schools from January, 2015, “Prof. Kaimenyi observed adding that no parent will be charged for the same.

CS says the t the information should be immediately brought to the attention of all

Principals and Boards of Management of all Public Schools who are expected to ensure that other appropriate mechanisms of collecting fees are put in place.

Strengthen innovations

Elsewhere, the Cabinet Secretary for Education, Prof. Jacob Kaimenyi has asked governments in the Eastern African region facilitate scientists to strengthen innovations that will move the region to further increase productivity, add value to products and clean up the environment.

He spoke this while during at the consultative meeting of heads of commissions/councils for science and technology for eastern Africa at Nairobi safari club held in Nairobi last week.

The consultative meeting was attended by the Ethiopian Minister for Science and Technology, M/s Desse Delke, and heads of science and technology departments from Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi.

The consultative meeting, dubbed Bio-resources Innovations Network for Eastern Africa Development (Bio-Innovate) aimed at Promoting and apply biosciences innovations in harnessing bio-resources.

Prof. Kaimenyi noted that the innovations will support sustainable growth and transformation of the agricultural and environmental subsectors from.

The Cabinent Secretary also called for the support of the private sector in promoting science and technology and also the development of the skill base the region needs.

He particularly expressed the need for the privates sector to support students by providing them with industrial attachments to enable them learn the practical aspects of the things they learn in training institutions.

Under the Bio-Innovate Program, some 15 bioscience innovations in the agricultural and environmental management and agro-processing industry among other initiatives.

Prof. Kaimenyi thanked governments of the participating countries for supporting the scientists in their institutions and the government of Sweden through the Swedish International Development and Cooperation Agency (SIDA) for granting the first Phase of the program.

He expressed hope for continued support as we chart the way to the second phase starting which begins in 2015.