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KENYAN PARENTS AND THE NEW COMPETENCE BASED CURRICULUM

The much-hyped competency-based curriculum (CBC) is here with us. Yes, like it or not. Grade three pupils in Kenya will be taking their assessment examination this October. This is bound to happen against the backdrop of great uncertainty and confusion. This came to the fore when the then Cabinet Secretary for Education Ambassador Dr Amina Mohammed gave a public address on the unpreparedness of the Ministry of Education to roll out this curriculum. However, a few days later, the story took a new twist when the Ministry of…

SIMPLE STEPS TO CONFLICT MANAGEMENT AND RESOLUTION

Many a time you have ruffled feathers or better put, rubbed shoulders at home, school or workplaces. Maybe, the raging war is within you as an individual. Do you hence feel like the earth should stop spinning for a moment before you can gather momentum to carry on with life? Things do not have to be this way. There are better ways of ending whatever stalemate you are in. Whatever you are experiencing right now is what is technically referred to as a conflict. CONFLICT- DEFINITION The term conflict can be loosely defined…

DID YOU KNOW YOUTH SUICIDE CAN BE PREVENTED?

We were at the P.N.N. funeral home (Nakuru) to collect the remains of one of our high school comrades who had succumbed to a sudden heart attack. While we were waiting for other mourners at the parlour, there came another family for the same assignment. What else do people do at the morgue? What caught my attention is that they seemed to be deeply wounded by their loss. Most of them could not stand the sight of their loved one’s corpse. They mourned hysterically with deep hue and cry. A few moments later came a frailly…

STRESS: IMPORTANT BUT OVERLOOKED FACTS

Stressed out? Well here are a few facts about stress that can help you out of your quagmire. First, you need to know that the backstops with you. Startled? You need to know that you are your boss. What I mean is that you are in charge of your life. Thus you are the only one who can determine how your body is likely to react to any hardship or demand that it gets subjected to. What is stress? There is no single fixed definition for stress since it encompasses the human body. It can however be loosely defined as your…

TEACHERS ARE ON A HIGHER LEAGUE

I honestly do not know what is wrong with some of our teachers. Did you know that according to the Teachers Service Commission there are over 70 deregistered teachers owing to sexual misconduct and other gross offenses? Whenever I try to make out the motives behind their actions, I am at a loss. Is it the pea-nut pay syndrome or the pea-nut sized brain at work? Where do you even get the guts to approach a 12-year old to request for sexual favors or worse still sexually assault him or her? How do you even reconcile with the…

TOP 7 CRAZY REASONS FOR DIVORCE

Have you ever asked yourself why couples file for divorce cases? So many grounds have been given but these 10 reasons will make you wonder. 1. Inadequate preparation for marriage This is a very interesting reason for divorcing your spouse. So if you did not set your mind that you are upgrading to a higher level of maturity, why go for it? That is why you are endowed with the ability to make decisions. You are not an animal. Therefore you should not jump into a ‘frying pan’ yet you are not ready to be fried. 2.…

WHAT YOU DID NOT KNOW ABOUT DIVORCE

WHAT YOU DID NOT KNOW ABOUT DIVORCE Are you on the verge of a divorce or separation? You are not alone. So many people have walked down this very path. According to the data collected from the Government’s Survey of Family Growth, more than 20% of first time marriages end in divorce within the first five years. Besides, 48% of marriages end in divorce or separation after the 20- year threshold.

BIPOLAR DISORDER

BIPOLAR DISORDER Bipolar is a disorder associated with episodes of mood swings. A person with bipolar is likely to experience depressive lows ranging to emotional highs technically referred to as mania or hypomania. When the patient becomes depressed, s/he may feel disillusioned and sad thus losing interest in even pleasurable activities. On the other hand, when the mood shifts to mania or hypomania, s/he feels energized, unusually irritable, or extremely happy (euphoric). These mood swings can interfere with…

BIPOLAR- SYMPTOMS, CAUSES AND RISK FACTORS EXPLAINED

SYMPTOMS OF BIPOLAR A symptom refers to any feeling of illness or physical or mental change that is caused by a particular illness. Symptoms of bipolar disorder can elicit changes in the patient’s mood and behavior. They however differ depending on the type of bipolar that one is suffering from.  The various types of bipolar and their respective symptoms include: Bipolar I disorder In this disorder, the patient has ever experienced at least one manic episode that may be followed by hypomanic or major depressive…

OBESITY

This is a disease that is characterized by an excessive amount of body fat. It can be thus defined as abnormal or excessive fat accumulation that poses health risks to the patient. Obesity thus increases your risk of contracting other diseases and health problems for instance heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure and certain cancers. FACTS ABOUT OBESITY It is treatable even without the doctor’s intervention The patient can diagnose himself or herself Lab tests and imaging are not mandatory during diagnosis…

OBESITY: CAUSES, RISK FACTORS AND POSSIBLE COMPLICATIONS

There is an increase in the number of obese patients in Kenya. Unfortunately, many Kenyans are still oblivious of the causes, risk factors and possible complications that can arise out of obesity. This article seeks to shed some light on this condition. CAUSES OF OBESITY Obesity results from a combination of inherited factors, environmental factors, personal diet and exercises. This therefore makes it extremely difficult for some people to avoid obesity. The good news is that it does not have to be this way…

CORRUPTION, THE NEW CANCER IN KENYA

I have come to resonate with one of the critics who referred to corruption as a cancer that begins slowly but then rapidly spreads to other parts of the body. Therefore I won’t be wrong if I baptized this menace the term cancer. For a long period of time, corruption has been an infectious disease that affects even the most righteous of all. Therefore, the question that should be ringing in our mind right now is “who should we blame?” Many a times, our political leaders have taken responsibility but it is time we…

CONTRACEPTION AND ADOLESCENCE

It is general knowledge that most adolescents are embracing contraception as an alternative way of preventing pregnancy. This they do with or without their parents’ or guardians’ knowledge. Furthermore, majority of these adolescents are not fully informed about the types of contraceptives and the risk involved. The most common problem associated with contraception among adolescents is the failure to adhere to the guidelines of the preferred birth control method. Therefore, many adolescent girls are more likely…

ADOLESCENCE- A SEARCH FOR IDENTITY

The rise in the number of suicide cases among adolescents in Kenya is something that the education sector needs to pay close attention to. It is time we sensitized all education stakeholders, especially parents and teachers who spend most of their time with adolescents about what is expected of them so that they cannot blow things out of proportion.  Therefore, it is time we learnt to let go some of the minor mistakes made by adolescents, or at least try to understand them given the face they are going through in…

COMPETENCE BASED CURRICULUM IN KENYA SIMPLIFIED

What is a Competence Based Curriculum? This is a uniquely designed model that is designed to promote the development of skills, knowledge and application of competencies by learners to real life situations. It further aims at imparting knowledge, skills and attitude that build broad competencies which help in solving everyday problems. This new system of education was designed by the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD) and launched in 2017 by the Ministry of Education. In summary; CBC focuses on…

SUICIDE ON THE RISE AMONG KENYAN YOUTHS

Education stake holders in Kenya have expressed concern about the traumatizing high cases of suicide among Kenyan youths especially university students. Suicide is the process of taking one’s own life. It is a tragic reaction to stressful life situations. Statistics indicate that there are over twenty documented cases of university students who have recently committed suicide. Even if the percentage of those committing suicide is negligible when compared to the entire student population, every life matters .Thus, these are…

SELF ESTEEM

Each and every person deserves to feel good, appreciated and loved. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Sometimes, it is possible to feel inadequate, incompetent and invaluable. This feeling is what can be narrowed down to the term “low self-esteem.” So, how do you feel about yourself? Do you have friends, parents and teachers that belittle you or are you the one who is too hard on yourself? CHARACTERISTICS OF PEOPLE WITH A LOW SELF ESTEEM People with a low self-esteem: Expose themselves to public…

SELF ESTEEM

Naturally, all human beings are endowed with a special ability- the ability to evaluate or judge. It is this special ability that enables one to evaluate himself or herself. So in the process of determining your value, you end up determining your self-esteem level. Self-esteem can thus be defined as a person’s overall sense or feeling of self-worth or the personal value that an individual attaches himself or herself.            FACTS ABOUT SELF ESTEEM Self-esteem is stable and enduring thus it can be easily…

COME ON KENYANS, THE CERVICAL CANCER THREAT IS REAL

Come on Kenyans, the cervical cancer threat is real! I felt sorry for my fellow Kenyan women as I listened to one critic trash the initiative by our government to have girls and women vaccinated against the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). This said I am yet to understand his point of departure since I do not think anyone should speak against this golden move. I am tempted to think that some of us are phobic of any change, but what about the imminent death that our daughters, mothers and sisters are staring at right now?

SHOULD THE HPV VACCINE BE VOLUNTARY IN KENYA?

SHOULD THE HPV VACCINE BE VOLUNTARY IN KENYA? I applaud and appreciate the Kenyan government’s initiative to have the rollout of the Human Papilloma Virus vaccine in Kenya. The administering of the vaccine is aimed at preventing our 10-year-old girls from the imminent threat posed by the highly dreaded cervical cancer.

FACTS ABOUT PREGNANCY

FACTS ABOUT PREGNANCY WHEN SHOULD ONE TAKE A PREGNANCY TEST, COST AND ACCURACY Even with the increased embracing of effective birth control methods, an error can still occur. After all, our body is an abyss of possibilities and it only takes a single ejaculation and a single sperm to fertilize an egg. Besides this, there comes a time when a woman feels the need to experience the joy of motherhood. Unfortunately, this joy may drag along a few hitches especially when the woman is not fully prepared to receive her bundle of…

TIPS ON HOW TO DO A GOOD JOB APPLICATION LETTER

Are you stuck in as far as writing a perfect job application letter? Well, worry not since here are a few tips that can bail you out and make you smile to the bank! A good job application letter has the following key features: At least two addresses- the sender’s and the recipient’s(s’.) Never put your name in your address even if it is your address A formal date such as 23rd November, 2019. It is usually written below your address (sender’s address).  Avoid informal dates such as 10-12-2019, 12/03/2020 or…

FACTS ABOUT BREAST CANCER

Breast cancer is a malignant growth that develops in the breasts. It is a disease which is characterized by abnormal and uncontrolled multiplication of cells in the breast tissues. It is treatable if diagnosed early It also requires a medical diagnosis- a biopsy Lab tests and imaging are required to help in diagnosis It is one of the most common types of cancer, especially among American women. One in every eight women in the US develops breast cancer It has got various types which differ depending on their ability to…

TSC TEACHER INTERNSHIP POSSIBLE INTERVIEW QUESTIONS

The Teachers Service Commission is set to hold interviews for teacher interns at the County levels. consequently, all prospective candidates are thoroughly preparing to excel in the interviews. Here are a few questions and possible guidelines to help you excel. TIPS ON HOW YOU CAN EXCEL DURING A TSC INTERVIEW Can you briefly tell us about yourself? Give you full name, nationality and your personality traits, for example, I am Maina Jefferson. I am a Kenyan.  By nature, I am an outgoing or…