The Ministry of Education, Science and Technology on June 4, 2015 launched a one day stakeholder’s workshop to validate the National Education Sector Plan (NESP) 2013-2018 Vol. III, at Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD). The workshop aimed at boosting ownership and quality of the NESP III and share among stakeholders on matters pertaining to youth training, Technical Vocational and Education Training (TVET), university education and Science,Technology & Innovation (ST&I).
The plan was conceived and developed after reviewing the successes and challenges of the Kenya Education Sector Support Program (KESSP) (2005-2010). The NESP is a five-year plan that outlines the education sector reform implementation agenda in six thematic areas conceptualized based on lessons learnt in KESSP. The areas include sector governance and accountability, access, equity, quality, relevance and cross-cutting issues.
Speaking at the meeting, Education Cabinet Secretary maintained that he will not be intimidated when it comes to policy formulation, calling on those who feel aggrieved to use proper channels to have their grievances addressed as chest thumping and threats would not alter policy. At the same time he downplayed the strike threats by teachers saying the government will soon release funds meant to facilitate free primary and secondary education.
Kaimenyi denied claims he has failed to address teacher’s concerns calling for sobriety in tackling challenges plaguing the education sector. He also took a swipe at KNUT accusing them of continued battles at the expense of the education system.
Principal Secretary in the State Department of Science and Technology, Prof. Collette Suda said the Government is committed to streamlining the TVET sector by improving funding to TVET institutions and has already established polices such as the TVET Act 2013 to improve the sector.
Already the NESP Volume I and II, which focus on basic education and the implementation, have been finalised.