In order to qualify for an award of a B.A. degree, a candidate must have registered for, attended lectures, sat examinations and passed in at least 44 units taken throughout the period of study for the degree. In exceptional cases a candidate may, with the prior approval of the department and faculty, register and pay to audit courses. The audited courses must be indicated as such during registration, and only one audited course shall be allowed per semester. Grades for successfully audited courses taken from outside the prescribed ones shall be included in the candidate’s result slips and shall be identified by means of the symbol (AS) in parenthesis, where (AS means Audited Successfully.
(a) The minimum period required for a candidate to study and qualify for the award of a degree is seven (8) semesters. The maximum period is sixteen (16) semesters assuming two (2) semesters per academic year, or twenty four (24) semesters assuming three (3) semesters per academic year.
(b) A candidate for a B.A. in Kiswahili degree shall be required to register, study, sit examinations and pass in at least forty four (44) course units taken throughout the period of study. These units shall include the faculty-based Designated Common Courses (DCC) and prescribed Common Undergraduate Courses (CUC).
A candidate from a university or any other equivalent institution recognized by the University of Nairobi Senate wishing to transfer to the B.A. programme at the University of Nairobi shall be allowed to transfer credits from his or her university if those credits are deemed to be relevant and meet the required minimum contact hours. A University of Nairobi student who obtains a credit or credits from a recognized university shall be allowed to transfer those credits to the University of Nairobi. The transferred credits shall not be more than a third (1/3) of the total prescribed credits and course units required for the award of the B.A. degree.
(a) The common University of Nairobi Faculty of Arts Regulations shall apply.
(b) Candidates shall sit for examinations at the end of each semester. Candidates must attend lectures in the prescribed course units in accordance with University regulations before being permitted to sit for examinations.
(c) Unless otherwise specified, end of semester examinations shall consist of a two-hour paper for each course unit taken in the semester.
(d) Assessment of each candidate’s performance in the course unit taken shall be through the Continuous Assessment Tests (CATs) and end of semester examinations based on percentage grades. CAT assessments shall constitute 30% of the total marks in a given unit and consist of an average of at least two (2) assignments while end of semester examinations shall constitute 70% of the unit examined.
(e) Each course unit shall be graded out of 100 marks and the pass mark shall be 40% for each unit. These marks shall be translated into letter grades as follows:
70% - 100% = A
60% - 69% = B
50% - 59% = C
40% - 49% = D
Below 40% = E
(f) A candidate who fails any end-of-semester examination at the first attempt shall be allowed two more attempts to sit and pass that paper when a supplementary examination is next offered. A supplementary examination shall carry a maximum of 40% of the total marks and coursework marks shall not be considered.
(g) A candidate with failed units shall not be allowed to proceed to the next level unless the candidate has successfully taken and passed the supplementary examination (s).
(h) A candidate shall be permitted a maximum of two supplementary examinations. A candidate who fails in two successive supplementary examinations shall either be discontinued or allowed the option of substituting the affected department wit another one.
(i) A candidate who has seven (7) or more failed units in an academic year shall be discontinued.
Kiswahili is one of the disciplines offered by the Department of Linguistics and Languages. Over the years the department has contributed to national development by training manpower in the language. Kiswahili graduates trained in the department have continued to render valuable services in the media, publishing firms and government ministries.
Fostering nationalism, patriotism and promoting national unity is the first among the eight national goals of education. This syllabus has been prepared with a view to fulfilling this goal by strengthening the teaching of Kiswahili which is our national and official language.
The B.A. Kiswahili syllabus is meant to update and modernize the existing undergraduate syllabus in order to make it a better training tool. Curriculum review is also one of the activities that the university is committed to doing, from time to time, in order to continuously improve service delivery. This is in line with the ISO standards which guides university operations.
The Kiswahili syllabus at secondary school level has been thoroughly reviewed since the introduction of the 8-4-4 system of education in the 1980s. The syllabus in use now has more content that covers areas like listening, speaking and writing skills, oral and written literature, grammar and elements of Kiswahili linguistics. The B.A. Kiswahili syllabus takes into account what students have covered at secondary school level and enables them to advance their knowledge of the subject.