Uhuru’s Education Agenda: Why Kenya is Leading in Africa

President Kenyatta after he took office, he committed himself to raise the standards of education in Kenya. On the achievements, the Jubilee government has provided the 47 counties with Ksh25 million to expand the existing secondary school infrastructure to national school standards. This led to an increase in enrollment in national schools from just 4,600 in 2013 to a total of 24,795 in 103 schools by 2016.

Speaking while meeting Kisii leaders at Nyanturago, Kisii County on March 2017, President Kenyatta said that the Government has set aside 6 billion shillings this year to improve infrastructure in public secondary schools to ensure all pupils who sit for their final class eight exams transit to secondary school in 2018. President Kenyatta affirmed that Administration is committed to ensuring that no Kenyan child is denied a chance to acquire secondary education as part of its effort to lay the foundation for youth empowerment.

The Head of State was accompanied by Deputy President William Ruto, Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i and a host of Kisii leaders. Jubilee government also recruited 16,000 teachers in four years – the highest number recruited in that time frame since independence. In response to the growing demand for skilled labor by companies, the government has invested heavily in the expansion and revitalization of technical training institutes (TTIs) to provide Technical Vocational Education & Training (TVET).

These have increased from 45 in 2013 to 206 in 2017 out of which 70 are under construction. In just four years the Jubilee government has overhauled the curriculum and the education system, improved its quality and relevance and restored the integrity of the system. Thus, on June 12, 2017, a Pilot program of a new proposed education system started in 470 select schools across the country. This comes after more than 2,000 teachers completed the second phase of training of the 2-6-3-3 education system.

It will replace the 8-4-4 system that has been in place since 1985. The 8-4-4 system was criticized for being exam-oriented. More than 30,000 learners in the early years of pre- unit up to standard three are targeted for the piloting of the curriculum that will end this academic year. The Jubilee government has also put in place measures to ensure Kenya children can be competitive in the 21st-century labor market by introducing the digital learning program. 992,073 devices have been manufactured and distributed, class 1 and 2 content is ready and available online and over 95,000 teachers have been trained.

The government has also increased funding for the free education program. All primary school going children receive free education and every secondary school student benefits from Ksh12, 870 sent directly to their school. Every student that met the university entry qualification was offered a place at the university, the first time in Kenya’s history that this has been possible.

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