THE CUTTING EDGE: October 11, 2018 - Daily Nation

THE CUTTING EDGE

Thursday October 11 2018

DIMINISHING EDUCATION: A recent report that Tanzania has closed down a Kenyan university’s campus due to poor educational standards “is saddening”, remarks Prof Maina Muchara. This comes hot on the heels of a similar action by Rwanda. This, coming from countries that were way behind in education matters just the other day, he states, should worry all. He challenges the Education ministry to move fast and arrest the rot in the higher education sector and “help to restore the high standards Kenya has always been known for.” His contact is [email protected]

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'SEEPINGS ACCOUNT': KCB risks losing Chris MacOloo, who says that in February he, by sheer luck, discovered deductions from his foreign currency account at University Way branch, Nairobi. On protesting, he was told to write a letter and fill forms and assured that he would be refunded. “Eight months down the line, nothing has happened and the bank continues to deduct my money. Numerous visits to the branch have borne no fruit,” Chris laments. “If the ICT manager is sleeping on the job, can his boss come to my rescue?” His contact is [email protected]

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ANALOGUE MATATUS: Despite major strides in promoting mobile money transfers, Boaz Omuga is disappointed that the transport sector is yet to embrace this cashless payment system. While travelling by matatu to his student mentorship centre at Kileleshwa, Nairobi, Boaz recalls, he had money in his M-Pesa account and no cash for fare but the conductor insisted on hard currency. “We shop online and even study online; so, why can’t we have a national transport payment system where commuters will not be forced to use cash?” His contact is [email protected]

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DUD SITE: Does the Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Service really work? Aggie Muthoni doesn’t think so. She wants an assurance from KUCCPS, which handles admissions to all public universities and tertiary colleges, that it can effectively play its key role. Her doubts arose following her brother’s attempts at applying for admission through the website www.kuccps.ac.ke. He has never gone through and, on calling the contact numbers listed, no one answers — even before the September 30 deadline. Her contact is [email protected]

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NOISE FACTORIES: There is some urgent work for the traffic police and National Transport and Safety Authority to do on Kiambu Road to save local residents the agony of having to deal with rogue matatu operators, says Weston Kirakuru. The people who live near the road and those running roadside businesses, including shops and kiosks, he reports, have to daily put up with the irritating noisy exhaust pipes fitted on the matatus. “They are giving many of us sleepless nights with their screeching exhausts,” moans Weston, whose contact is [email protected]

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FOREIGN CRIMINALS: As the government “cannot be everywhere”, Taabu Tele remarks, in response to recent arrests in Nairobi, “it is incumbent upon every responsible citizen to keep the country safe from foreign criminals bent on exploiting our hospitality” to advance their devious machinations. “The government must ensure that criminals who are arrested and deported never re-enter our country while also making it very expensive for landlords to get rent from these foreigners without proper verification of their immigration status.” His contact is [email protected]

 

Have a vigilant day, won’t you!