CS Amina scaling up support for education sector

London, 19th April 2018, MOE Press – Cabinet Secretary Amb. Amina Mohamed has this week stepped up engagements to strengthen partnerships in support of the education sector.

On the sidelines of the 2018 Commonwealth Heads of State and Government meeting in London, the Education CS held series of meetings with high-level education officials in London.

The meetings focused on enhancing collaboration, sharing expertise and best practices in education as well as forging strategic partnerships that will help mobilize resources needed for the realization of the country’s educational objectives.

The consideration of the key recommendations that were reached during the Commonwealth Conference of Education Ministers (CCEM) that took place in Fiji earlier this year, was also part of the agenda of Commonwealth Heads of State and Government meeting in London.

The Cabinet Secretary held wide-ranging discussions with Minister of State at the Department for Education, Mr. Nick Gibb who has presided over the review of the basic education curriculum in the UK.

Discussions with Mr. Nick Gibb focused particularly on joint monitoring and evaluation of education programmes and curricula with a view to improving education outcomes and ensuring accountability and transparency in schools.

The talks took place at a time the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD) is undertaking an evaluation of the competency-based curriculum that the Ministry of Education is piloting in 470 schools across the country.

The discussions also focused on digital learning programme that was launched in 2013, with emphasis on enhancing partnership in capacity building through training teachers in ICT.

During the talks, the CS said the digital programme that aims to integrate ICT in curriculum delivery in schools will benefit immensely from enhanced training of teachers in ICT.

Amb. Amina Mohamed also held talks with the Minister of State for Africa at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Minister of State for International Development, Rt. Hon. Harriett Baldwin.

At the DfID, the talks centered on enhancing support to Kenya’s education sector which was scaled down on account of a variety of factors including improprieties and accountability concerns.

The CS assured Ms Baldwin that appropriate measures have since been taken to improve financial management paving way for review of collaboration in the education center.

The discussions also underlined the need to streamline and enhance synergies between various actors in the education sector in order to maximize results and also avoid duplication.

Prior to the meeting with Ms Harriet, Amb. Amina Mohamed held consultations with senior officials of the British Council focusing on the “Connecting Classrooms” programme.

The programme, which is funded by DFID through the British Council, undertakes various projects in partnership with government agencies and civil societies that target delivery of quality education in Kenya.

The Cabinet Secretary concluded her engagements with bilateral talks with

UK Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, Rt. Hon. Boris Johnson.

The talks focused on education and more particularly on the elimination of barriers to the education of girls, which the Mr. Johnson has highlighted as his Foreign Policy priority.

Following the talks, CS Amina Mohamed was nominated to co-chair the Commonwealth Platform for Girls’ Education which aims to ensure girls’ in Commonwealth countries receive 12 years of quality education.

Kenya is expected to benefit from the £212 million set aside in UK aid money for the campaign to help one million vulnerable girls across the Commonwealth receive 12 years of quality education by 2030.