VC lauds GOVT for reverting to bridging courses in Universities


Kibabii University Vice-Chancellor Professor Ipara Odeo has lauded the Ministry of Education led by CS Ezekiel Machogu for returning bridging courses in Universities.

Speaking at Bungoma High School on Friday during the Annual General Meeting (AGM), Odeo said that bridging courses will offer avenues for the students who did not attain grades to pursue certain courses at the University.

“The bridging courses had been scrapped by the Ministry of Education but it is now a great relief for those who want to upgrade,” Odeo said.

He, however, said that the move by the Ministry of Education will not lock out those who want to do engineering, medicine, and others.

“Every course has its own grade distribution that a student must attain to secure a chance therefore with the return of these programs at the University then many will not be locked out,” he said.

The Vice-Chancellor also lauded the Cabinet Secretaries for having discussed and agreed to allow pre- University programs for those who attained low grades to upgrade so that they secure chances at the University.

In addition, Odeo said that the study to upgrade grades takes six months before one proceeds to pursue a course of his choice.

Bungoma County Kuppet Executive Secretary Agustine Luketelo speaking at the same event called on parents and the school to support learners to ensure that they attain direct grades to University.

Luketelo lauded Bungoma high school Principal Enock Andanje for being keen to support the school’s shine in co-curricular activities and science engineering fair.

“Currently Bungoma high school is the school to watch in the science and engineering fair competition. Let’s support it to greater heights,” Luketelo said.

The Unionist also lauded the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) for considering adding more teachers at Bungoma high school saying that in the recent past Bungoma high school has faced an acute teacher shortage.

Bungoma high school Chief Principal Enock Andanje decried low capitation from the government saying that schools are struggling to run activities.

Andanje added that Bungoma high school has gone the extra mile to do smart farming to raise extra resources to support the school.

He said at the school farm they plant maize on a large scale, pig keeping, and vegetable production which he says that they intend to increase its production.

The school head revealed that when he took over the mantle at Bungoma high school, the institution had huge debts that the school is currently struggling to clear.

“When I took over the school from my predecessor, it had a debt of around 30 million but we have made efforts in the two years and paid 20 million,” Andanje said.

Andanje together with the school board of management says that he has been able to build two modern classrooms that are in use by the form ones, renovated a dormitory that had been burnt in 2021, and constructed a new modern gate that has given the institution a new face.

He said that due to the fast growth of the school, the enrollment has increased from 1,386 to the current population of 2,110 students.

Also present was Bungoma County Teachers Service Commission (TSC) director Wilson Koros.

By Our Reporter

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