KWFT, AAR Insurance and Bliss Healthcare launch affordable health micro-insurance product

Kenya Women Microfinance Bank (KWFT) has partnered with AAR Insurance & Bliss GVS Healthcare to launch a medical micro- insurance cover targeting low and middle income earners in Kenya. The product named KWFT Afyafit is a comprehensive and affordable medical micro-insurance at only Ksh19,800 for a family of six. The product comes with an inpatient limit of Ksh 500,000, outpatient limit of Kshs 75,000, a generous maternity limit of Ksh100,000, dental and optical limit of Ksh10,000 respectively per family. KWFT Afyafit also covers chronic, psychiatric and congenital conditions as well as…

Learn about the new generation of rock climbers in Kenya

This week on Inside Africa, CNN International travels to Kenya to explore its iconic climbing culture. From urban walls to Mount Kenya’s snowy peaks, the programme learns how a new generation of climbers are conquering their own mountains. Kenyan born Allan Wide tells the writer how significant his sport, rock climbing, is to Kenya. He says:  “Climbing has always had quite a culture in Kenya. To understand it, I think you’ve probably got to go back quite far… the first ascent of Mount Kenya was in 1899. At that time…

NATIONAL BANK RECORDS KES 106 MILLION PROFIT IN Q1

National Bank of Kenya has today announced an after tax profit of Kes 106 million for the period ending March 31, 2019. This represents 138% increase in profitability from the loss position in quarter one 2018 which was occasioned by one-off exceptional item. The profit is mainly attributed to growth in operating income from. Customer deposits increased to Kes 89 billion compared to Kes 86 billion in quarter one 2018 as the banks strategy of driving business growth through enhanced mobile offering, diaspora and MSME continued to bear fruit. This…

Government Commits to Address Forced Displacement and Migration Challenges

Forced displacement presents a major development challenge in the East and Horn of Africa Region, accounting for some of the world’s most protracted displacement cases with limited prospects for return or self-reliance. The Kenya Institute of Migration Studies (KIMS) has admitted its first students drawn across the IGAD member states region. The government’s school specializes on migration. Speaking at the opening of the Scientific Conference on Forced Displacement and Mixed Migration, Immigration PS Gordon Kihalangwa said the institution, a regularly updated National Migration Profile and a robust national migration policy that…

CS Magoha calls for reforms in higher education

The CS is calling for reforms in higher education including collapsing institutions offering the same courses citing Rwanda and SA as countries that have instituted mergers in universities with a high level of success. This suggestion came shortly after Education cabinet secretary George Magoha has rejected 30 requests for the establishment of new universities in the country citing new universities establishment will only duplicate courses offered in existing ones. Magoha queried the rate at which universities were expanding calling for the need to churn out quality students as well as establish a…

Universities and Tertiary institutions to open Career Services Office

All Universities and Tertiary institutions will be required to open career service offices so as to address the needs of the youth in matters concerning career choices as well as guidance on job market demands. The Chief Administrative Secretary and Principal Secretary Ministry of Education Prof. Collette Suda said the Ministry’s focus is to empower the youth with skills, knowledge and attitudes to enable them be fully trained to handle  future challenges. Prof. Suda said the career service offices should be strengthened to enable them address the needs of students…

Varsity granted green light to offer General Surgery

By Amos Njau Mount Kenya University has been accredited permission to offer a Master of Medicine in General Surgery by the Medical Practitioners and Dentist Board. In a letter to the university’s Vice-Chancellor. Prof. Stanley Waudo confirmed the course approval by the oversight body. “The board has granted your institution provisional approval to start the Mater of medicine programme in general surgery,” The Medical Practitioners and Dentist Board CEO Daniel Yumbya said. The accreditation comes a day after the Commission for University Education (CUE) warned Universities of offering unaccredited courses…

MIPS College to focus on Private-Public partnerships

By Barbra Onkoba Milestone Institute of Professional Studies (MIPS) at Thika town is now focusing on private-public partnerships to streamline service delivery and strengthen its internal capacity to ensure students get a quality education. Speaking, George Maina, Founder, and Chairman said that the college through new with only two branches, Thika and Mombasa has a robust internal quality assurance mechanism that ensure its graduates have the desired knowledge, skills, creative abilities, and moral qualities. He said that partnering with the public institution will help in exchange of programmes noting the…

MKU ranked among best private universities in Kenya

By Amos Mburu The latest Webometrics ranking of world universities has named Mount Kenya University among the best private universities in Kenya. Webometrics focused on 11,995 universities across the world, both public and private. Ranked 5th among private institutions and number 13 in the country, others in the list included Strathmore, Catholic University of Eastern Africa, United States International University (USIU) and Daystar are ranked the best private institutions. Also read:Thika College offers scholarship to needy students Recently, the Makerere University of Uganda and Mount Kenya University (MKU) signed a Memorandum…