NAIROBI May 11, 2017 – The Cabinet Secretary for Education Dr. Fred Matiang’i said government was keen to give students a wider vision of life by exposing them to many subjects as possible.
He said through the basic education curriculum, education policy makers want students to become wholesome, and have multiple skills that will help them cope with the complexity of life.
Dr. Matiang’i was responding to a question by Alex Kimutai from Alliance High School who asked why the Ministry exposed students to many subjects when some of the subjects were not core to the careers and professions the students wanted to after high school.
Kimutai was among some 100 students Pupils Reward Scheme (PURES Village) who met the Dr. Matiang’i’ and the Governor of Central Bank of Kenya, Dr. Patrick Njoroge at the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD) yesterday. Also present was the Principal Secretary for Education, Dr. Belio Kipsang, the Director General, Mrs. Leah Rotich and the Chief Executive Officer, KICD, Dr. Julius Jwan and PURES Director Florence Awori.
Dr. Matiang’i also assured the students that the strict supervision of national examinations ensured that the measurement and testing of educational outcomes were to global standards.
He said honest and hard work was the pillar of success in life, noting that the credibility of the national examinations guarded these crucial values that underpin life everywhere.
Mr. Njoroge similarly underscored the importance of a broader curriculum saying students ought to learn many things to appreciate the many talents they had.
He however said character was the pillar upon which all other things they do depended.
PURES is a mentorship programme that enables top students in high schools from across the country to have an experience staying at State House, the country’s seat of ultimate political power and authority in the land. They are taken around Ministries and Government Agencies to learn about the foundations and operations of various organs of government.