NAIROBI July 17 2017 – Education officers in the field are now required to spend three days every week inspecting basic education institutions, the Cabinet Secretary for Education, Dr. Fred Matiang’i has said.
Dr. Matiang’i said the weekly inspection of schools will help the government establish how well teaching and learning is taking place saying it was important that children received instruction as required.
It was also important that education officers find out the conditions in which children learned the comfort of their classrooms, dormitories and the food they ate in their dining halls.
Dr. Matiang’i made the remarks moments after officially opening the Amboseli International School in Kajiado County—a private Secondary school which is offering 8.4.4 system of education as well as the IGSE.
The Cabinet Secretary said frequent inspection of schools ensures that the policies and standards of education are effectively implemented by school administrators.
“There can be no quality education if teachers are not in class and if there are no instructional materials,” the CS noted.
Dr. Matiang’i also underscored the need for schools to be concerned about developing the creativity and growth of children.
“We should raise our children to be happy and confident in life,” Dr. Matiang’i noted, saying it was not enough to focus on learning alone.
He said regimented teaching and learning environment stifled creativity, and growth of children thereby undermining the need to grow children holistically.
He praised private investments in education, saying it supplemented government commitment to provide education to all children.
He said government was appreciative of the institution of private schools by incorporating them in the Early Childhood Literacy Programme, popularly known as Tusome, and in the early mathematics development programs which are aimed at strengthening the teaching and learning literacy and numeracy in classes one to 2.
Dr. Matiang’i stressed the need for schools offering international curriculum to ensure that their students studied History of Kenya and Kiswahili up to grade Nine—the equivalent of form two under 8.4.4 system of education.
He said a significant number of children in these schools were Kenyans.
“It was important that we expose our children to Kenya’s history as they are expected to play a critical role in the public affairs affairs of Kenya when they come of age,” Dr. Matiang’i noted.
He challenged the students to grow responsible citizens.
“You will amount to nothing if you are not a disciplined person,” he warned.
At the same time, Dr. Matiang’i expressed the need for tolerance among Kenyans.
He said the laws of Kenya allowed people o live and invest anywhere.
He said the government guaranteed the protection of life, property and investments of every person.
In attendance included the Acting Director General, Mr. Robert Masese, the Founder of the School, Mrs. Amina Ibrahim Mohammed, senior government officials and parents.