Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Education, Prof. Jacob Kaimenyi has today, April 14, 2015 officiated the first edition of East Africa Education Conference in Nairobi. The conference theme ‘Educate for the Future’ attracted educators, consultants, service providers and organizations at all levels. The forum aimed at discussing on ways that can enhance quality and relevance in the education sector. The event going through April 15, 2015 will increase avenues for creating collaborations with all public private stakeholders in the education system in efforts to strengthen the capacity of institutional education in the region.
The conference consists of plenary sessions, and presentations from education experts that could offer programmes of continuing professional development.
“The government has undertaken key policy and legal reforms within the education sector with the aim of providing quality and relevant education and training for sustainable development. This has led to improved governance, management of institutions and increase in number of tertiary institutions from 71,513 to more than 80,102.” Prof. Kaimenyi said. “To ensure continuous lifelong learning, Adult Education programmes have been mounted with the aim of enhancing literacy levels and individual productivity,” he added.
Kaimenyi said without fear of contradiction that universities should offer undergraduate and post graduate courses while colleges on the other hand take up the diploma and certificate courses to avoid chaos in the provision of education. He also challenged professionals to take up roles in the future of education.
Standing in for Teachers Service Commission (TSC) chairperson, Kenneth Maragua stated that there is need to re-examine our education system so that it can evolve faster and eliminate the issue of inadequate graduates without prerequisite skills essential for the job market. We need to come up with a model of teaching that is more exciting and more inspiring in such way that students can engage in creative thinking and application of knowledge. Our curriculum should be focused on practical applications rather than theories.
Institutions in the education sector
Competency Based Curriculum Development Authority established to foresee the review of curriculum to be offered by TVET institutions while CUE recently, gazetted the University Standards and regulation based on which programmes offered in Universities are standardized to ensure they meet the needs of the industry. This is whereby the industry and professional bodies participate in curriculum development.
Commission for University Education (CUE), Technical, Vocational and Education Training and Education Standards and Quality Assurance Commission have also been created to ensure delivery of quality education at all levels of education established in the legal documents are operational so as to improve education quality.
Currently, the government is equipping eight universities with state of the art equipment for teaching, learning and research. It is also offering scholarships to students to study in top universities in the world to enable them acquire the essential skills required for national development. Universities have been connected with fiber optic cables with help from Kenya Education Network (KENET) to enable access internet. All this investment is realized with support from the development partners and private sector. Government has intentions of putting up a mathematics institution as time goes by.