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Current semester in public universities extended by three more months after strike

 

BY NZIOKA EURIDICE,NAIROBI,29TH MARCH 2017-The current semester in the public university   have been  extended by three more months to allow students complete their lessons which were disrupted following  lectures strike.

The semester, which usually runs from January to April, will now end in late June for Maseno, Masinde Muliro, Multimedia and Kenyatta universities.

Maseno Vice-Chancellor Julius Nyabundi on Wednesday said the university had extended the period in order to cover for the lost time during the 50-day industrial action.

“We are burning the midnight oil to ensure that the syllabus is completed within the extended period,” he said.

While the plan provides some time for the coverage of the syllabus, it throws third and fourth-year students into limbo, as it hits the timelines for undertaking industrial attachments.

The lecturers downed their tools to push for better pay, a demand later granted by the government.

Kenya University Students Organisation Secretary-General Fred Makajos said students were satisfied with the extension though it will affect their internships.

Mr Makajos, who is also the chairman of the Maseno University Students Union, said the most affected at his campus were third-year students pursuing Education courses since the revised academic calendar is likely to affect their teaching practice.

The lot usually go on teaching practice during the second term of secondary schools beginning in May to avoid inconveniencing the schools in third term as they prepare for national exams.

Students have assumed the policing role of ensuring that no lecturer misses class during their lessons.

They have also formed group discussions to facilitate their private studies.

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