International schools set to start teaching Kiswahili and Kenyan History as from September

NAIROBI July 6, 2017 – International schools are set to start teaching Kiswahili and Kenyan History as from September, this year, the Cabinet Secretary for Education, Dr. Fred Matiang’i has said.

The students will be taught the two subjects up to grade 9—the equivalent of form two upon the beginning of the new academic calendar for International Schools which commences in September. .

The introduction of the two subjects follows government directive that basic Education in International Schools that don’t offer the 8.8.4 curriculum teach the subjects.

Dr. Matiang’i said International Schools admitted many children of Kenyan parents, noting that the children need to learn about the history of their country and also one of the dominant languages of communication: Kiswahili.

He spoke this during the 20th annual Presentation at Braeside High School in Nairobi yesterday.

At the same time, Dr. Matiang’i, said that international schools must ensure that their teachers were duly registered and accredited by the Teachers Service Commission (TSC).

“We want to ensure that all schools have people who have been properly prepared to handle children,” Dr. Matiang’i said, noting that government would simplify the process of approving expatriate teachers once schools make application to the relevant authorities.