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Parents in shock after schools raise fees despite ministry guidelines

Parents are in shock after dozens of national schools increased fees to as high as Sh100,000 a year in blatant disregard of guidelines by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology.

A survey by the Nation shows that several leading schools have honoured the ministry's guidelines on school fees, which put the ceiling at Sh53,554 a year, but increased the fees by as much as Sh40,000 by introducing other levies along the way.

The move goes against an agreement reached in January between the ministry, teachers’ unions and the Kenya Secondary Schools Heads Association. Read on...

Last Updated on Monday, 13 June 2016 12:47

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2015 Degree Courses selection

A total of 19,209 candidates who sat for the 2015 Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education examination failed to get their first degree course choices after the selection of students to join public universities.

The Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Service (KUCCPS) said the students will have to do a second and final revision of course choices ahead of admission in September. Read more:

Last Updated on Friday, 10 June 2016 09:51

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Kimani comes calling!!!

Kimani, a HBEF Beneficiary and one of the stars in the documentary 'a small act' currently a student at Northwest University in the USA came visiting at HBEF offices while on a visit back home during his summer vacation. Kimani had lots of stories to share about his experience in the USA since leaving Kenya 19 months ago. In brief he summed it as 'a Journey of Incredible favor from God' of which he was very thankful. He resumes his studies in Mid June.

Last Updated on Friday, 03 June 2016 09:59

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Quote of the week!

Education is the most powerful weapon which we can use to change the world. Nelson Mandela

Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 May 2016 06:45

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MPs reject push to scrap VAT on books

A parliamentary committee yesterday rejected the push to scrap the 16 per cent value-added tax that was imposed on textbooks three years ago. At a meeting in Nairobi's Parliament buildings yesterday, members of the Finance, Planning and Trade Committee said there was no guarantee that if the tax was scrapped more people will read or that more books will be published.

"The publishers do not want books to be exempted. No publisher will seek an exemption, because that means they will not get anything back from the taxes they pay on paper and ink. They all come saying they want books zero-rated so that they can claim tax refunds on input. But that's not the direction we want to go," said Gaichuhie.
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Last Updated on Monday, 16 May 2016 12:33

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Parents cry foul over school fees hike

Parents are now seeking President Uhuru Kenyatta’s intervention on school fees guidelines.

They claim education officials have failed to ensure the set guidelines are implemented.

Kenya National association of Parents (KNPA) Secretary-General Musau Ndunda said the government should not give new guidelines but instead focus on implementing those issued last year.

“We are writing to President Kenyatta through the Cabinet Secretary for Education Fred Matiang’i so that we can meet him and tell him the truth. And if he invites us now, we are ready to go to State House,” said Mr Ndunda at a press conference of Saturday.

Last Updated on Monday, 09 May 2016 11:07

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Nyandarua April 2016 BMSV

During our Beneficiary Monitoring and Support Visits, HBEF is priviledged to have the support of local authorities who take their time to come and motivate our students. Thank you to each one who takes their time to do this. HBEF is really grateful.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 May 2016 04:17

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PACC Formation

Daily Nation 26.04.16 Page 60
Team set up to end rows over university courses: A committee was set up to harmonize the accreditation of professional and technical programmes in institutions of higher learning. The Programme Accreditation Consultative Committee (PACC) will address the statutory conflicts that have seen some professional organizations refuse to approve courses offered by institutions of higher learning.

Last Updated on Thursday, 28 April 2016 04:50

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2015 Beneficiaries Speak

David Ojwang (2012-2015) who scored a B+ of 72 points
'Psychosocial support conducted during the Beneficiary Monitoring and Support Visit is important and helpful as it helps the students achieve their set targets. For example action focus really enabled me to focus on the positive actions that ended up giving me the good grade I achieved.'

Harrison Kitema (2012-2015) who scored an A of 83 points

‘An opportunity is all I wanted and Hilde Back gave me more than that, it gave me hope, hope for a better tomorrow. I’ll be joining university in September to pursue a degree in computer science at UON and hopefully create opportunities for more talented youngsters. ‘

Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 April 2016 06:39

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April 2016 BMSV

Today (22.04.16) is the last day of the HBEF 2 week Beneficiary Monitoring and Support visits. We have been able to meet majority of our 248 students in the 28 countries we operate in around the country and we look forward to sharing an update with all our sponsors. Below is a picture of the  first BMSV meeting in Kajiado County with the 4 selected students who are pictured below

Last Updated on Friday, 22 April 2016 07:19

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This week and next week is being spent meeting all our 248 students around the country in their different counties. During the Beneficiary Monitoring and Support Visits we get to find out how the students are progressing and their last term's performance, they set new goals for the next term and they get to write letters to their sponsors.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 April 2016 12:04

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