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Shortage of teachers ranked biggest challenge in public schools

A shortage of teachers has been ranked the top challenge arising from making education free, a survey conducted by Twaweza East Africa has found . This was followed closely by poor teachers performance and high number of pupils at 20 percent and 16 percent respectively. The survey, which was carried out in 47 counties between October and November 2017, also identified inadequate government funding, shortage of classrooms and lack of books as the other challenges.

Woman gets 2 years in jail for receiving Ksh2,500 bribe

A woman has been sentenced to two years in prison by the Anti-Corruption Court sitting in Nairobi, after she was found guilty of receiving a Ksh2,500 bribe. The accused, Justinah Malela Syonzua, was ordered to pay a fine of Ksh500,000 in alternative to the jail term set out by Chief Magistrate Douglas Agoti. Syonzua, formerly an employee of the Ministry of Interior and Co-ordination of National Government, was charged with several counts, but the prosecution was only able to prove four charges levelled against her.

Mt Elgon leaders urge government to lift curfew

Leaders from Mt Elgon continue to pile pressure on the government to lift a three-month curfew imposed in the region over insecurity. A day after Mt Elgon MP Fred Kapondi asked Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i to lift the dawn to dusk curfew he declared in March 6, since the most wanted criminals have been nabbed, Ward representatives from the area have come out and echoed similar sentiments. Speaking earlier today eight Members of County Assembly (MCAs) from the region told The Standard that the security operation that was meant to restore peace in the troubled region should be called off after the recent arrest of the gang leaders that were terrorising the public

Business highlights

Microsoft EA partners with SEACOM to launch cloud service

Microsoft, in partnership with SEACOM, has launched a cloud service that will allow customers to extend their on-premises networks into the cloud without going over the public internet.The service, dubbed Azure ExpressRoute, enables customers to create private connections between data centers and infrastructure on their premises or in a cloud environment.

Poor infrastructure hinder cross-border Africa trade, says Munya

Poor infrastructure, political instability and outdated technology have been identified as the major challenges stifling inter-Africa trade. Speaking during the launch of the Presidential Infrastructure Champion Initiative workshop, East African Community and Northern Corridor Development Cabinet Minister Peter Munya notes that African states are underutilizing the vast resources in the continent.

158 water bottling companies operating illegally, KEBS

The Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) says 158 water bottling firms are still operating without valid product certification marks and have failed to meet required standards for bottled water. KEBS Managing Director, Charles Ongwae says the firms are operating from unknown locations and do not comply with the requirements of the relevant water standards such as the code of hygiene The firms are also using suspect sources of water with poor and misleading labeling.

Sports highlights

Man United in advanced talks to sign Fred from Shakhtar Donetsk

Manchester United are in advanced talks with Shakhtar Donetsk for Fred and a deal is close, according to Sky sources. It is understood the Premier League side want to sign the 25-year-old Brazilian midfielder before the World Cup, which begins on June 14. Fred – who has seven caps for Brazil – has been named in their squad for the tournament in Russia.

Everton Defender Leighton Baines wants to stay at Goodison Park despite LA Galaxy link

Everton defender Leighton Baines wants to remain at the club despite rumours linking him with a move to LA Galaxy. The 33-year-old is under contract with the Merseysiders until summer 2019 and made 29 appearances last season. Baines’ campaign was interrupted by a calf injury and reports on Tuesday suggested he will fly to the US to discuss a move to Major League Soccer.

Defenders James Collins and Patrice Evra to leave West Ham

Defenders James Collins and Patrice Evra will leave West Ham when their contracts expire on 30 June. Collins, who turns 35 in August, played 214 times in two spells with the club. Evra, 37, played just five games after being handed a short-term deal by David Moyes, who has now left the Hammers.

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