Curriculum Reform initiative to ensure education is more responsive to the development

The Acting Cabinet Secretary for Education, Dr. Fred Matiang’i has said that the Curriculum Reform initiative is aimed at ensuring that education is more responsive to the development needs of the country.

Dr. Matiang’i said education ought to develop certain skills and competencies in the learners so that they can better realize their fullest potential and meet the manpower needs and aspirations of Kenya.

He said that the review of the Curriculum was funded by the exchequer, saying the content of the curriculum was steeped in Kenya’s cultural milieu and the religious organizations Kenyans subscribe.

He made the remarks during the Inaugural public lecture in honor of the late Harvard Professor, Prof. Calestous Juma at Strathmore University College today.

He regretted that education had not nurtured a nationalistic and patriotic spirit and sentiments among educated people, in line with the national goals on education the country adopted at independence.

He said the priority on education should be how well educational and training institutions were developing enough skills to meet the country’s development needs and not how many students basic education institutions were producing for local universities.

The Principal Secretary for Vocation, and Technical Training, Dr. Dinah Mwinzi said that the new curriculum provides pathways which will allow students talents and technical orientation to pursue education and training up to the highest levels of education and training.

The Deputy Vice Chancellor of Strathmore University, Dr.Vincent Ogutu said Kenyan Universities can best serve the country by if they focused on producing leaders to provide direction for Kenya.

Dr. Ogutu said Universities must leverage on the basic education the students they admit receive to develop leadership acumen in them.

He said it was not enough to develop engineers out of the students.

He said the Universities should not only impart skills, but help the students to use the pedestal University experience give them to do research and provide solutions to the problems.

The Chairperson of the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD) Dr. Sarah Ruto said the major difference about the new curriculum is about the way it will be delivered at the school and in the classroom.

“Knowledge will be the same. It is the way they (teachers) teach. It is the pedagogy,” she clarified.

She said the approach to teaching aims at developing critical, creative and problem solving skills that learners need to cope with and manage changes in the socioeconomic conditions of the society.

The Principal Secretary for Vocation, and Technical Training, Dr. Dinah Mwinzi said that the new curriculum provides pathways which will allow students talents and technical orientation to pursue education and training up to the highest levels of education and training.

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