Have you heard that teachers are to be retrained? Plus other stories

1. TSC pushes for mandatory retraining of secondary school teachers

More than 110,000 secondary school teachers face retraining to enable them cope with the demands of Competency-Based Curriculum. Teachers Service Commission says news learning areas introduced under the system have made it mandatory for all teachers to go back to school to gain skills on how to handle the subject adjustments as the secondary schools prepare for a double intake in 2023. The commission recommends an overhaul of the teacher education curriculum to meet the special demands of CBC – The Standard

2. Government to unmask proxy owners of firms

Private firms that had not revealed real company owners have been asked to comply by submitting a copy of the Beneficial Ownership registers to the Registrar of Companies.

Most companies have reportedly asked for deadline extension beyond July 31, 2021, to enable compliance.  The deadline was extended in January to encourage compliance. Meanwhile, failure to comply with this requirement after July 31, 2021 attracts a fine.

The move is intended to  weed out proxy companies or entities used by investors to up their shareholding in firms and insider trading – The Standard

3. Was DP Ruto asked to produce letter from chief before flying out?

Deputy President William Ruto’s allies have alleged that he was humiliated at the Wilson Airport and his plans to fly out thwarted.

Kiharu MP Ndindi Nyoro alleged that the DP waited for five and a half hours at the airport waiting for clearance.

Upon asking which clearance was needed, Ruto and his entourage were informed that he needed to produce his birth certificate and a letter from the chief to show that he was authorised to travel.

The MP, who spoke from Uganda, claimed that senior government officials including the Head of Public Service Joseph Kinyua and Interior CS Fred Matiang’i were unaware of the clearance Kenya’s second in command needed – Kenyans.co.ke

4. Form One admission: Chaos, congestion in rush for places

A major crisis is looming as secondary schools struggle to accommodate the high number of students in order to meet the government’s 100 per cent primary to secondary transition policy.

Other pupils in the countryside are staring at the possibility of failing to join secondary school due to lack of fees as parents face hard economic times.

In Nyanza and Western, most schools reported high turn-out of Form One students.

For instance, Maseno School in Kisumu County said his school expected to admit 650 students, 100 more than last year – The Standard

5. Farmers replace property developers as biggest loan defaulters

Farmers overtook property developers and traders in loan defaults in the first year of Covid-19 shutdowns and restrictions, highlighting the struggle players in the key agricultural sector endured in sustaining the market for fresh produce.

About 23.67 percent of outstanding Sh109 billion loans advanced to the sector were not being serviced as of the end of March compared to 16.03 percent a year earlier, making it the sector with the highest non-performing loans (NPL) ratio.

Agriculture’s NPL ratio — the amount defaulted over outstanding loan portfolio to the sector — marginally zoomed past building and construction (23.52 percent) and trade (19.14 percent) sectors, latest Central Bank of Kenya industry statistics shows – Business Daily