Nairobi News


KU revokes extra subjects memo

Students taking English and Literature at Kenyatta University are a happy lot.

A memo last week from the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) requiring them to take an additional teaching subject has been revoked.

The School of Education confirmed that all students taking English and Literature will now be eligible for employment by the commission. As a result, the Faculty of Education dean Prof Fatuma Chege, told the students to ignore the earlier circular.

The memo had sparked anxiety that saw first and second year students rushing to apply humanities subjects to add to their combination. The adamant ones, mostly the third and fourth years were for the revocation from the beginning.


The teachers’ employer had issued a notice last week requiring students taking English and Literature to take another teaching subject from the humanities; Religious Studies, History or Geography.

Fewer students with the English and Literature combination attended lectures as first and second years were registering for the other subjects while their third and fourth year counterparts sought audience with the administration.

The notice would also affect students in other universities with a similar combination.

“The thought of adding two or more years to my course was disheartening. I am glad the matter is over. I hope TSC will keep its side of the bargain,” said a female fourth year student.