13 December 2012

Kenya: New Journalism Curriculum Set to Up Standards, Says Media Council

A standard journalism curriculum will be launched on Friday, the Media Council of Kenya has said. The curriculum is aimed at promoting professionalism in the media industry.

MCK Deputy CEO Victor Bwire the curriculum will start being used from January 2013. "We are going to launch a curriculum on 14th December. This will mean that all exams to be undertaken by journalists will be examined by the Kenya National Examination Council. The trend of institutions setting their own exams will soon be a thing of the past and any institution which will not comply will face dire consequences," he said.

Bwire said the curriculum stipulates the period journalism courses take. "Some colleges are now offering short courses in journalism in order to make money. This is illegal," he said.

Speaking in Mombasa during a media owners' roundtable Bwire said that quality of journalism in the country was below standard because of lack of a standard curriculum.

"We are having graduates from media training institutions in the country that cannot make quality journalists. This is a complete letdown to the country's Fourth Estate," he said.

Bwire, who is also MCK's Programme Manager, revealed that substandard colleges will be closed down from January. The manager observed that most of these institutions do not have qualified teachers and proper facilities for training journalism.

"Currently there are people who have been 'training' students from beauty shops. I just want to tell them that their 'colleges' will soon be closed down," he said.

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