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Visiting teaching staff from Mount Kenya University Joins MAKCEES School Practice

College of Education and External Studies, School of Education had an interaction with visiting teaching staff from Mount Kenya University on Tuesday the 17th of July 2018 in the AVU room, School Of Distance and Lifelong Learning, College of Education and External Studies.

The academic staff from Mount Kenya University is at Makerere University, College of Education and External studies to strengthen the collaboration between Mount Kenya University and Makerere University College of Education and External Studies and was welcomed by the MAKCEES principal Prof. Fred Masagazi-Masaazi and deputy principal, Assoc. Prof. Muyinda Paul.  Mount Kenya University staff has also joined in the supervision of Education students on school practice 2017-2018 ending in the 1st week of August.

 During the interaction, colleagues were taken through the College Of Education and External Studies systems. Colleagues from CEES shared their experiences in Kisimu-Kenya, Kakame-Kenya, and Busia-Kenya when they were invited by Mount Kenya University as external supervisors

The discussions made included looking forward to improving teaching and since Mount Kenya University has already collaborated with Makerere University, College of Health Sciences,  and also now collaborating with the College of Education and External Studies on School Practice, the collaboration will not stop at school practice.

The deputy principal elaborated on the provisions on distance and e-learning and suggested that there should be a development of a twenty first century relevant teacher

During the interaction, academicians from the two collaborating universities further raised concerns of student exchange, staff exchange, external examining and Professor of Education Philosophy at School of Education, Professor Anthony Mugagga suggested that CEES will have two staff sent to Mount Kenya University and so will Mount Kenya University to keep the fire burning for the benefit of both institutions.

The case of students with disabilities (physical disability, eye and ear impairment etc) was yet another concern. There is need to train teachers on how to handle students with incapability for example designing special assessment booklets for these students.

Members also raised a need for all ‘Educators to be teachers’ since there are basics that teachers learn that may not necessarily be with all educators for example audibility etc. Suggestions were made to have a centre of excellence where educators could get this kind of training

In the final remarks, all the two collaborating universities was grateful for this collaboration.

Written by

Ainambabazi Angeline

Student Intern,

CEES Communication Office