A PhD applicant alleged that the panel ostensibly rejected him because of his surname. The rules guiding dos and don’ts at Covenant University might have been extended to the kind of surnames the institution accepts for postgraduate programs.
A PhD applicant who wanted to pursue his doctorate at Covenant University was allegedly rejected because of his surname.
The applicant who does not want his name mentioned said he applied for Mass Communication for his doctoral degree in the institution but he was disappointed when he met the University panel members.
He alleged that the panel ostensibly rejected him because of his surname.
He said, “I got there, I met the panel members, they asked me my name and I told them. They asked about the meaning of the name in English, I also told them it means “the Priest has arrived.” So the Chair of the panel then asked me if I was willing to change my surname. I told them that is not possible, I don’t understand why they want me to change my surname, I think it is because it sounds fetish to them.
Although they didn’t tell me I was rejected, they only said they will get back to me but they haven’t since September.
To confirm the truthfulness of this allegation, Pulse staff writer, Fadare Bayo, (not real name) called the University as a prospective student to make enquiries about postgraduate programs and to know if his name- Fadare stands a chance to gain admission into the University for a post-graduate program.
The two school officials who spoke with Pulse on Telephone said the University does not deal with names or surnames.
Although, the University official, who first spoke with Pulse asked if Fadare Bayo is a Christian before he could be considered for admission but she denied that the school discriminates based on surname.
“We don’t deal with names here, just ignore whatever anybody told you about it, we don’t deal with surnames here.
“Let me transfer you to the admission officer at the Postgraduate department, they will enlighten you more on that.”
The call was transferred to another lady who vehemently denied discriminations in the university.
“If you want to apply for master in CU, you have to wait because we just finished admission, you will have to wait till next year. The name has nothing to do with your application. if you apply and you pass the application you will get admission. We don’t deal with names, I don’t know what the person meant by your name is this or that but we don’t deal with anything like that. As long as you applied and you pass, they will take you”
Covenant University takes its rules seriously and even the founder, Bishop David Oyedepo recently said in an interview that his adopted son and some governors’ children were rusticatedfrom the University because they refused to follow the University rules.
Kenyans are hilarious and creative; log in to any social media platform and you are sure to find some memes that will make your day. Here’s a compilation of starter packs to keep you in the know.
Trust Kenyans to make light of anything and everything and bring the much needed comic relief even in tense situations. On the eve of the repeat presidential polls held last week, a starter park photo for voters was circulating on social media.
The list had an identity card, voter’s card, an umbrella, a warm jacket, gumboots and gloves. Also in the list was githeri, perhaps a lucky charm that turned Martin Kimotho, a Nairobi County public sanitation officer from rags to riches in the August 8, General Election.
So, it seems starter packs is the recent way to describe someone or situation.
Sleepover starter pack
This pack is mainly for girls since many men do not really care about how they will look or feel the morning after spending the night at a friend’s house.
You will notice these girls, especially on Friday carrying a large handbag. Inside the bag you would find an inner wear, shades, toothbrush, make-up kit and a music hard disk and perhaps a change of clothes.
Annoying couple starter pack
An ‘in a relationship’ notification will pop up on your timeline and that is how you know it is about to start raining love. Before you can get great meme to share, they start with the tagging and sharing of lovey-dovey memes. As time goes by, they eventually have a bomb photo shoot and the captions for kinging and queening flood your timeline.
To drive the point home, they will get those matchy-matchy tees and caps with the king and queen captions or the he’s mine, she’s mine tees. Ladies and gentlemen, get ready to like or scroll the new power/goals-couple.
Joining university starter pack
In order to feel completely at home, here are some recommendations. Get a pair of sneakers, rugged pants or shorts and a smartphone. That is not enough though. You also need to know how to pose for a photo.
The catch though, in the pose, is that you should look like you have a deformity in your legs. The pose should provoke a reaction of sorts. With all that at your fingertips, campus should be nothing short of a smooth-sailing affair.
Slay queens starter pack
They are the new breed of women who want to make everyone believe they are the most beautiful divas.
Slay queen starter pack means you should be a pro in applying make-up. Also, you have to pose in a way that you show your ass-ets and have a great fashion sense.
Have an expensive phone that can take great photos and selfies. Despite the slay queen’s penchant for accents, she has very poor grammar. The slay queen starter pack, therefore, comprises of some blonde moments even on common things that are known to everyone.
Hangover starter pack
Weekend is the time to relax, have fun, not to forget chilling and hanging out with buddies. So, you go out with your friends perhaps grab one for the road and it ends up completing the whole journey with many. You will definitely need a weekend recovery. Painkillers, a heavy meal comprising greens, meat and ugali, a soft drink and a loose fitting dress will do.
Moving on starter pack
Every time you come out of a fresh heartbreak you just want to swim yourself in junk and watch some movies that will help you get over the relationship. Well, now this starter pack will help in moving on from your ex with ease. So Netflix and Chill it is. Also, get a new look; you have to look your best. So, change your wardrobe, hit the gym and probably cut your hair.
Road trip starter pack
With a pair of shorts, a polo shirt, a pair of sandals, smartphone, a charging cable and watches, man you are good to go.
Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i speaks about the 2017 Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education examination results at Nairobi School on December 20, 2017. Many certificate courses have recently upgraded entry qualification to a minimum of C.
More than half the candidates who sat last year’s Form Four examination failed and cannot proceed to higher education or secure gainful employment.
On Thursday, Parliament’s Education Committee chairman Julius Melly, Opposition leader Raila Odinga and Kenya National Union of Teachers (Knut) secretary-general Wilson Sossion questioned the credibility of the results.
In separate statements, the leaders asked how only 10 per cent of the candidates managed to get grades that can allow them to join university and called for a re-mark of the papers.
At least 350,000 students obtained grades D and below, which cuts them off from pursuing any professional course.
Basic certificate training opportunities such as police or prison warders admit students with at least D+.
Many certificate courses have recently upgraded entry qualification to a minimum of C.
An analysis of the results shows that 135,550 candidates scored grade D, 179,381 grade D- and 35,536 grade E.
In total, 611,959 candidates registered for the exam although statistics show that 610,501 actually wrote the papers.
This means 57.27 per cent of the candidates flopped.
Comparatively, in 2016, there were 295,463 candidates who scored grades D and below out of a candidature of 574,125.
The high number of candidates scoring low grades has caused an uproar, with concern the education system was becoming wasteful.
The candidates with low grades do not have many options given the tight race for professional courses and employment.
Already, teachers’ unions, education experts and political leaders have raised concern over the poor grades.
In contrast, only 70,073 candidates obtained grades C+ and above, which is the minimum entry point to university.
Mr Odinga called for a taskforce to investigate the poor performance.
In a statement Thursday, Mr Odinga said the low transition from secondary school to university should be a cause for worry.
“Close to 90 per cent of the KCSE candidates have failed. This is very worrying,” he said.
Reiterating the country’s need for skilled manpower to achieve growth, the former prime minister said transition to university is key to realisation of national goals.
He asked the Education ministry to address concerns raised by parents and teachers’ unions on the failure.
“As the country commits resources to free learning and scales up enrolment, the whole purpose and value for money is lost when close to 90 per cent of those students eventually fail,” Mr Odinga said.
The Opposition leader congratulated teachers and schools that excelled in the national test.
He also noted the improvements at the Kenya National Examinations Council that have seen a reduction in cheating and speedy release of results.
Mr Melly said the Education committee in the National Assembly will demand a full report on the results.
“Knec must prepare and present to us a report over this mass failure by students. This cannot just happen. Either students were not being taught or the curriculum is too difficult for them to understand,” Mr Melly said.
Mr Sossion said: “The release of KCSE results before going through the required and mandatory moderation process is a blunder of monumental proportions.
“We condemn the release of the exam results in the strongest terms possible as it amounts to a fraud that has led to students mass failure.”
He said the exams had destroyed the future of many children and dashed hopes of many families and they are bound to destroy public universities.
“We hereby reject the results and demand immediate recall of the same.
“A thorough audit has to be conducted by a team of experts on measurement and evaluation for Kenyans to know the truth,” Mr Sossion said.
Releasing the results on Wednesday, Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i acknowledged a remarkable decline of candidates qualifying for university education.
“Overall, the number of candidates with minimum university entry qualification of mean grade C+ and above is 70,073 (11.38 per cent) in 2017 compared to 88,929 (15.41 per cent) in 2016.”
Even more unsettling is the fact that only 142 candidates scored grade A in the exams, which was an insignificant rise compared to last year’s 141.
A further analysis shows that the top 100 candidates in the exam across the country came from only 18 out of 47 counties.
Nairobi County, which boasts of top national schools, dominates the list with 20 candidates while Kiambu County had nine, Uasin Gishu County eight and Nakuru 10.
Other counties that had candidates in the top 100 were Siaya, Migori, Kisii, Trans Nzoia, Murang’a, Kericho, Bungoma, Nyamira, Kakamega, Kisumu, Nyeri, Nandi, Homa Bay and Nyandarua.
Those that missed out included Busia, Narok, Garissa, Wajir, Marsabit, Lamu, Tana River, Kwale, Taita-Taveta, Baringo, Kilifi, Mandera, Turkana, Isiolo and Bomet.
Another 15 counties had no school in the top 100 that recorded excellent results.
A total of 54 boys scored grade A out of 100 with the remaining 46 being girls.
The best 100 slots were dominated by national schools. Private schools and extra-county schools also performed well.
An analysis of the results further shows that girls dominated top positions, with Kirimi Naomi Kawira of Pangani Girls topping the charts with a performance index of 87.011, followed by Sharon Jepchumba of Moi Girls Eldoret (86.83) while Kamau Brian Maina of Alliance High School came third with 86.757.
The top school was Sing’ore Girls High School from Elgeyo Marakwet County, which had a performance index of 69.9 points, followed by Light Academy of Mombasa, with a performance index of 69.1 per cent.
Statistically, there were six girls among the best 10 candidates, and 11 among the top 20.
Similarly, girls’ schools dominated the top 10 berths.
The 13km Outer Ring superhighway is nearing completion with the contractor making final touches and tarmacking of the service lanes, placing of guard rails and walkways.
The road, which is being built at a whooping cost of Sh8 billion, is in use with most lanes now open to traffic.
The splendour of the road is visible but what remains a challenge is the drainage as some are slowly being clogger up with garbage, grass and weed. There are also damaged walkways due to misuse by vehicles, which if left unchecked will pose a drainage nightmare on the road.
With few spaces left on the long stretch of road for bus stops or pick up points, most matatus plying different routes along the entire highway are forced to make room along the road on the service lanes affecting traffic flow and movement of people.
Hawkers have also made themselves comfortable along the highway as most have set up temporary structures to sell their wares along the service lanes, next to illegal drop off points and even along walkways.
There is also a teething problem of accessing the road from Thika Superhighway especially during rush hours as four lanes merge into two at the GSU bridge.
The US State Department has suggested that President Donald Trump’s recent vulgar comments will not hinder US efforts to persuade African countries to sever ties with North Korea.
“We have very strong relationships across the continent,” said Robert Scott, an Africa affairs official in the State Department. “Those remain unchanged.”
His assurance was offered during a press teleconference highlighting US resolve to prevent North Korea from acquiring any revenue in Africa for its nuclear weapons programme.
This newly publicised US campaign may serve as a gauge of how badly American diplomacy has been affected by Mr Trump’s reported reference to African countries as “shithole”.
State Department officials made clear on Wednesday that they are pressing African countries to end all military and commercial dealings with North Korea.
“Many governments on the continent have longstanding relationships with North Korea that warrant a serious reassessment,” Mr Scott said.
“The United Nations North Korea Panel of Experts has documented multiple instances of North Korean arms activities with various African governments,” he added.
Mr Scott did not name African countries said to be carrying on trade with North Korea in defiance of international prohibitions.
But in a leaked report in September the UN experts cited Tanzania, Uganda and nine other African states as targets of investigations into alleged violations of sanctions imposed on North Korea by the Security Council.
TANZANIA AND NORTH KOREA
The panel said it was assessing claims that Tanzania and a North Korean corporation had signed military-related contracts worth about $12.5 million.
The deals with the Haegeumgang Trading Corporation reportedly involve repairs and upgrades of Tanzanian surface-to-air missile systems and air defence radar.
The UN experts added that they are continuing to investigate North Korean training of Ugandan military and police forces.
In a speech at the UN in September last year, President Yoweri Museveni said Uganda is complying with the sanctions against North Korea. “We are, however, grateful that, in the past, the North Koreans helped us to build our tank forces,” Mr Museveni added.
The US global squeeze on North Korea is yielding results in Africa, Mr Scott said on Wednesday.
“A number of African countries,” which he again did not name, have taken “extremely positive steps to go beyond UN Security Council resolutions in promising to sever ties with North Korea,” he said.