EDUCATION STAKEHOLDERS CALLED TO AID ERADICATE EARLY PREGNANCIES, PREMATURE MARRIAGES AND FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION
Leaders in Narok County have called on education stakeholders and professionals to help root out early pregnancies and Female Genital Mutilation FGM in order to revamp the academic standards in the area. The appeal was made by both the Narok County Governor Hon. Samuel Kuntai Ole Tunai and the Narok County Commissioner George Natembeya during the 55th Jamhuri Day Celebrations held at the Narok Stadium.
Speaking during the occasion, Governor Ole Tunai encouraged academic institutions, Maasai Mara University inclusive, to work in unison with the County Government and the National Government towards improving the academic standards of Narok County. Hon. Samuel Ole Tunai has also been recognized by President Uhuru Kenyatta receiving the Elder of Golden Heart feat.
He added that the County Government has been instrumental in supporting the needy students that hail from humble background through bursaries and scholarships. This is one treasure that some alumni and students of Maasai Mara University originating from Narok County and beyond are beneficiaries.
His sentiments were echoed by the Narok County Commissioner George Natembeya who came out strongly condemning parents and guardians who subject their very young girls to the outlawed Female Genital Mutilation FGM, at the expense of their education.
Natembeya also decried the highest levels of early and teenage pregnancies citing recent statistics that Narok County is leading in the tragedy with 40%. He also warned that he has devised a technique of identifying pupils and students who might undergo the cut secretly during this festive holiday. The parents or guardians found culpable will face the full force of the law. Natembeya has also won gratitude from President Uhuru Kenyatta following exemplary service hence the title the Moran of the Order of the Burning Spear.
Maasai Mara University have had good rapport with the office of the Governor and the County Commissioner, working together towards sustainable academic progress in the County. It is at Maasai Mara University where Narok County held academic conferences and meetings geared towards notable advancements of education standards. Besides, MMARAU also has been hosting the National Celebrations like Jamhuri Day, Madaraka Day, Mashujaa day etc. even before the inception of devolution when Narok County Stadium was still under construction.
Masai Mara University Vice Chancellor, Prof. Mary Walingo has called on the Maasai community to shun retrogressive cultures such as Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and early child marriages. She spoke when the varsity donated 100 double-decked beds, mattresses and seats to Entesekera Primary School in Narok South Sub-county.
She said it was only through education that poverty will be eradicated. “All of us came from communities where the girl-child was viewed as source of wealth but gone are such days. Pastoral communities have an immense potential for academic excellence”, said Prof Walingo. She has also appealed for more boarding schools in pastoral parts of Narok to boost retention of girls at school saying day primary schools were exposing the girls to FGM, early marriages and unwanted pregnancies. Source
Seeds of Gold is set to hold its tenth edition of farmers’ clinic, in Narok County, this coming week.
The event, which will be on Saturday, November 10, at the Maasai Mara University, will be held in partnership with Elgon Kenya Ltd, Agricultural Tractor Spares Ltd (ATSL), Sensei Institute of Technology, CMC Motors Group Ltd, Coopers Kenya Ltd, and Egerton University, among others.
Its theme will be Food Security: A Shared Future, with the ongoing effects of climate change, invasion by persistent pests and diseases, and lack of proper agricultural and farming input and information, the farm clinics continue to help the farmers navigate these challenging times. Source
The County Government of Marsabit is all- prepared to partner with investors willing to invest within its borders as long as the benefits accruing from that investment would in the long run take the county to the next level.
This affirmation was made today in the morning (Wednesday) by the county governor, Ambassador Ukur Yatani, when he received a high-level entourage from Maasai Mara University who visited him at his office with the express brief of forging partnership with Marsabit County on some key areas. These key areas include; animal husbandry, human health, hospitality, wildlife conservation, education and herbal medicine.
Professor Philip G. Ngunjiri (the university chancellor) who led the university council delegation revealed that the centerpiece of the envisaged partnership involved an investor who approached the university to help him identify a potential county where he could partner with for a period of time. The University subsequently, settled for Marsabit County, Prof. Ngunjiri disclosed. Source
“As government, we are focusing our investments in training targeted at industrialisation to create job opportunities for millions of Kenyans,” said Mr Ruto.
“Academicians should therefore align their programmes to target job creation, wealth and opportunities for the graduands. We can’t achieve this through guesswork but by design,” added the deputy president.
Mr Ruto said the government has used Sh1.1 billion in supporting the infrastructural development of Maasai Mara University and that Sh250 million will be further committed to help in the construction of the institution’s library. Source
Deputy President William Ruto at Maasai Mara University graduation ceremony, 1 December, 2017
Deputy President William Ruto congratulates Mercy Wambui after she was conferrred with Doctorate degree in Education during Maasai Mara University graduation. Source
Education Cabinet Secretary, Fred Matiang’i has constituted 22 new councils of public universities following the expiry of tenure of the incumbents.
Former Kenya Power Managing Director, Dr. Ben Chumo will head Egerton University, Dr. Jane Nyakang’o for Dedan Kimathi University of Technology while Dr. Timothy Mwangi Kiruhi will head University of Nairobi.
Others appointed are Prof. Shem Adholla (Kenyatta University), Dr. Jeremiah Ntoloi Koshal (Moi), Dr. Morompi Ole-Renkei (Taita Taveta University), Dr. Musangi Jane Mutua (Pwani University) and Dr. Kevit Desai (Technical University of Mombasa).
Dr. Halima Saado Abdillahi will head Technical University of Kenya, Dr. Ephraim Mukisira (Kisii University), Dr. David Ojakaa (University of Eldoret), Dr. Julius Tangus Rotich (Chuka University), Dr. Jeremy Bundi (Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology), Dr. Samuel Ochola (Maasai Mara University) and Dr. Walter Ongeti (Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University of Science and Technology). Source
Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i has appointed new members to the board of Kenya Universities and Colleges Central placement service (KUCCPS) ending a row over the legality of the board.
In a gazette notice dated March 13, Dr Matiang’i appointed new six members to replace those whose terms have expired.
Technical University of Kenya Vice-chancellor Francis Aduol and his Maasai Mara University counterpart Mary Walingo have been appointed to represent public universities. Source
Prof. Robert A. Obudho, Ag. Chairman UONAA, presents Mr. Dayton Malipe of Maasai Mara University with a gift upon a visit to the UONAA office for Benchmarking purposes at Kenya Science Campus on Thursday 4th February 2016. Alongside is Mr. Mugwe Kamau, ICT officer UONAA. Source
As a world-class university, Maasai Mara is on course to being an epitome of academic excellence, research and innovation by upholding research as an excellent tool in identifying societal problems and providing relevant concrete solutions as well as making notable contributions in policy making within and beyond Kenya. Source