Education Ministry to identify and nurture talent as part of the curriculum

NAIROBI – The Ministry of education will make the identification and nurturing of talent part of the curriculum, the Principal Secretary for Basic Education, Dr. Belio Kipsang has said.

Dr. Kipsang said that the Basic Curriculum framework set to guide delivery of education will ensure that talent development is one of the pathways open to learners in the education system.

He was speaking during the 91st Kenya Music Festival Winners Concert at Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology yesterday(MMUST).

The proposed curriculum reform has created academic, vocational and talent tracks that allow learners to develop their unique abilities and inclinations without the restrictions of the current academic oriented curriculum.

Dr. Kipsang said the Ministry was exploring the viability of integrating all co-curriculum activities and programmes to take place at the same time, in the school calendar along the model of Olympic Games.

The Governor of Central Bank of Kenya (CBK), Dr. Patrick Njoroge said the Music extravaganza he had witnessed revealed that Kenya had amazing pool of talent that ought to be developed optimally.

He said school environment that nurtured talent among learners were doing enormous work for the children and the country at large.

The Vice Chancellor of MMUST, Prof. Godfrey Onyango applauded the students who took part in the festival, saying they displayed enormous potential that should be tapped beyond the festival.

This year’s music festival attracted thousands of students from Early Childhood Education and Development levels to university levels.

The theme of this year’s edition was enhancing national unity, cohesion and integration through Kenya Music Festival.

Also present during the occasion included the Secretary to the Public Service Commission, Mrs.Alice Otswala.