Government to formulate a framework for the promotion of local film industry

APRIL 12—DPPS – Deputy President William Ruto has directed the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Information and Communications Technology to formulate a framework for the promotion of local film industry within a month.

He said the industry has the potential to create 600,000 job opportunities but it was being under-exploited.

“We can create wealth out of the creative economy. But that chance is slipping away because of lack of clarity and confusion on what we need to do,” said Dr Ruto.

He spoke on Friday during the closure of the Kenya National Drama Festival State Concert at Kibabii University in Bungoma County.

The Deputy President, who represented President Uhuru Kenyatta at the function, was accompanied by Education Cabinet Secretary Prof George Magoha, Education PS Belio Kipsang, Bungoma Governor Wycliffe Wangamati, MPs Benjamin Washiali (Mumias East), John Waluke (Sirisia), Didmus Barasa (Kimilili), John Kiarie (Dagoreti South) and Dan Wanyama (Webuye West).

In the speech read on his behalf by Dr Ruto, President Kenyatta said the government was focused at ensuring a successful delivery of the competence-based curriculum.

“I urge the Teachers Service Commission to ensure the training of teachers planned for this April  and subsequent school holidays succeeds,” said the President.

Mr Kenyatta said the roll-out of the new curriculum will ultimately proceed faster when all learners, teachers, and parents are sufficiently sensitised.

He added that talented artists should be harnessed in their tender ages.

“I am happy to note that the Ministry of Education has taken this challenge seriously and is in the process of establishing fully-fledged talent centres for both arts and sports,” said the President.

Dr Ruto said the jobs and income hemorrhage was regrettable, adding that “we need to ask ourselves why we cannot stage and shoot our own movies”.

“Why export when we have these huge local talents?” He posed, adding: “We have to fix this with urgency.”

He asked the Education and ICT ministries to consolidate their acts so that the entertainment industry can be localised, and turned into a business.

“We have ample resources to make these creative talents turned into wealth and enterprise for our country,” he noted.

The Deputy President said not much work would be needed to transform the industry, insisting that there was already much paperwork and research around on the same. 

He said what only needed to be done was to harmonise the content and agree on the implementation.

While lauding participants for their “cutting-edge” performance, Prof Magoha said his ministry was keen at recruiting, nurturing and ensuring that talents are fully exploited.

He said the creative sector had already been made part of the new education curriculum so that classrooms can be turned into laboratories for young ones to realise their talents.

“Why are we going to universities to pursue useless courses and later lineup in the constrained job markets?” Asked the Education CS.

He added that the competence-based trainings would be embraced so as to drive the country’s development agenda.

“We do not have a poor country. Just be available at work and we will ensure our institutions work for the best of our learners,” said Prof Magoha.

Meanwhile, Governor Wangamati asked the national and county governments to work together to have a structured talent management.