Message from Directorate of Student Support Services
Happy New Year 2018! The old year is gone and behold the New Year is here with us. It is another opportunity for us to plan and refocus our efforts towards achieving our dreams. Naturally, many of us will set new goals as we strive to live a better life. As we do this let us take stock of the achievements of goals we set last year and ask ourselves whether we met these objectives. If not, then why did we not achieve them?
As you are aware, a major setback to last year’s academic calendar was compelled by the lecturer’s industrial action and events surrounding the national general elections. This interfered with the normal running of academic programmes, thus necessitating readjustment of the semester dates. This means that the obtaining year will be packed with many activities including completion of the syllabus coverage for the 1st semester from 2nd to 27th January, 2018 followed by end of semester examinations from 5th to 17th February, 2018. The second semester for the 2017/2018 academic year will then run from 26th February to 9th June, 2018 including two weeks of examination administration. This is a fairly intensive schedule and we expect all students to cooperate in order to cover for lost time.
Secondly, we look forward to the SATUK elections which should be held at the beginning of the second semester. The delay as you are aware, was occasioned by the revision of the SATUK Constitution and the incorporation of the requirements of Universities (Amendments) Act, 2016. Elections are an opportunity for you to elect your preferred leaders, however, unlike the previous elections where each student had the opportunity to cast their vote for their preferred leaders, Section 41 the Universities (Amendments) Act, 2016 stipulates how the elections of students associations should be carried out as well as the positions therein. Students are urged to familiarize themselves with the changes occasioned by the Universities (Amendments) Act, 2016 via the following link: http://tukenya.ac.ke/amended-university-act-affecting-students-associations
The Vice Chancellor has already constituted the Electoral Board which shall soon communicate the calendar of activities leading to the students’ elections.
Thirdly, I take this opportunity to congratulate our sports men and women for attaining position 5 overall duringthe Kenya University Students Association games held at the Dedan Kimathi University of Technology in December 2017. Once again, TUK has demonstrated that despite the constraints experienced with regard to training grounds and facilities, we are a powerhouse in sports and not merely a fraternity of bookworms. Please visit the sports section and join the rest in congratulating the teams and individuals who won various medals in the games.
On a sad note, our heartfelt condolences go to the families and friends of two comrades: Kelvin Wambui Gaciki, a fourth year student in the Department of Information Systems and Technology and Willyce Onyango Ochieng’, a first year student in the Department of Geoinformation and Earth Observation who died on 13th December and 24th December 2017 respectively. Mr. Wambui Gaciki was laid to rest on 22th December 2017 in Gatundu, Kiambu County, while Mr. Onyango Ochieng’ who was laid to rest on Monday 8th January,2018 in Karachuonyo, Homabay County. May God rest their souls in eternal peace and protect all of us against the evil one. Be that as it may, it behooves us to be careful and always inform a friend of our whereabouts.
Lastly, I wish you all success in the coming exams and urge you to maintain peace and engage with our office on any matters of concern so that we can find suitable solutions together.
Omondi Oketch, Ph.D.;MA; BE.d.
Associate Professor of Linguistics &
Director Students Support Services
11th January, 2018