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Sunday, 30 November 2014

LOCALS NOW WANT MALAVA BOYS TURNED UNIVERSITY

The future of Friends School Malava Boys Kakamega North district of Kakamega county hangs in the balance after a stakeholders committee resolved that it gives way to an establishment of a university.
In a stakeholders’ meeting held at Friends Malava Primary the committee that was chaired by John Teka resolved that the school’s location was best suitable for the setting up of a university.
The members also resolved that former district commissioner Fred Mutsami be the chairman of a nine member sub-committee that will sit and discuss the fate of the school.
The call for an establishment of a university comes in after the Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology vice chancellor Fred Otieno showed willingness to set a branch in the area.
Otieno who was accompanied by Prof Achola and Prof Wasike during their recent visit at Friends School Malava Primary where he started his education said there was need to establish a university in the area so as to satisfy the rising need for higher education from the region.
He said they will meet political and other government leadership to brainstorm how to set up a branch of Masinde Muliro in Malava.
At the same time the vice chancellor Fred Otieno announced that plans were underway between Mmust and Knut to start offering special learning programmes for teachers through direct attendance and e-learning.
They noted that Malava Boys having performed just like any other school was not of much use staying there and the location was superb for a university.
“We have 43 secondary schools and they all perform like Malava Boys and the extinction of this school will have no impact on the students as they will be accommodated in the remaining 42,” said Fundi Lucheli, a former high school principal.
Lucheli also noted that the need for a university in the area surpasses those of Malava Boys and therefore the residents and the management should have no objection giving way for this wonderful idea.
Board chairman Malava Boys George Malumasi said this was a wise idea and he would represent the high school chairmen in the committee which he said will soon see the birth of a university in the area.
Malava Boys lies on an approximately over 20 acres of land and its location was seen as ideal for the university.