THE CUTTING EDGE

Students are drilled on how to answer exam questions, including the leaked ones.

Monday March 14 2016

PASSING EXAMS: This must be a teaching speed record, says Cornelius Oliko, responding to remarks by the principal of one of the schools that excelled in last year’s KCSE exam that they normally complete the syllabus by March. “Being conversant with lesson planning and the number of minimum minutes/hours allocated for each topic, I do not understand how this can be achieved.” This, he adds, could just confirm that students are just drilled on how to answer exam questions, including the leaked ones!” His contact is [email protected]

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DIGITAL PAYMENTS: Plans to introduce digital platforms to ease the payment of traffic fines are already at an advanced stages, says Esther Mwanza, of the lobby, Motorists Association of Kenya. The National Transport and Safety Authority, she adds, will, by the middle of next year, have introduced smart driving licences, “which will not only enable the virtual payment of fines, but will also eliminate the need to personally visit the NTSA offices for renewals”. MAK’s contact is [email protected]

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BODA BODA MENACE: One of the peculiar habits of Kenyans, says Godwin S. Manyengo, is ignoring the old adage, a stitch in time saves nine, and ending up paying a heavy price. The motorcyclists’ menace, Godwin adds, has been going on for too long without any action being taken to curb it. According to him, riders flout traffic rules, oblivious of the danger they pose to themselves and other road users. “We will soon be having a couple of millions of them and I can foresee a commission of inquiry into how they got out of control.” His contact is [email protected]

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WRONG ACCOUNT: Mombasa resident Joyce Kyuma, on September 30, last year paid her electricity bill by M-Pesa, with the transaction being confirmed as JJ89AEW9L. But she later realised that she had sent the money into a wrong account, No.2731033-01, and followed up the matter with Kenya Power and was asked to fill a form for the money to be redirected to the correct account, No.2731032-01. She has since been to the local Kenya Power office many times and yet the transaction has never been reversed. Her contact is [email protected]

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KENYA POWER: For nearly two weeks, the residents of Bamburi, near Naivas Supermarket, in Mombasa, have been without electricity and this, despite having reported to Kenya Power’s emergency section numerous times, says Margaret Halowe. Staff at the power utility’s Mbaraki offices, she adds, are long on promises and short on action, and the customers’ patience is now on the edge, especially considering that bills never stop coming. Her account number is 2438123-01 and her contact, Tel 0724981642 or email: [email protected]

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HARDWORKING TRADERS: While driving or just walking along the stretch of Lang’ata Road between the roundabout at the Nyayo National Stadium and the Nairobi West bus stage, Peter Chepkwony has always been impressed with the entrepreneurial spirit of the hawkers selling all manner of goods. Since these people eke out an honest living under difficult circumstances until late in the evenings, Peter would like the city county government to provide some lighting to enhance security and enable them to extend their business hours. His contact is [email protected]

Have a commendable day, won’t you!