NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya has accelerated implementation of broad
reforms in the education sector in order to realign it with
emerging social and economic dynamics in the country, officials
said on Friday.
secretary in the ministry of education, Fred Matiangi, said that
reforms in the school curriculum that commenced this year are on
course despite initial hitches.
“We have embarked on
reforming our education system to ensure that learners are
competitive and possess skills required in the 21st
century workplace. The logistical hiccups experienced during the
rollout of these reforms are being addressed by stakeholders in
the sector,” Matiangi said.
He spoke in Nairobi
during a meeting with regional administrators to discuss
implementation of education reforms that focus on skills-based
learning as opposed to theory.
Matiangi said Kenya
has borrowed global best practices to reform its education
sector in the light of gaping skills gap that is to blame for
high levels of unemployment in the country.
“The key to
successful implementation of curriculum reforms is political
support which the president has given us. As a government, we
are committed to an exhaustive consultative process to ensure
these reforms are realized,” said Matiangi.
Kenya’s Vision 2030
roots for investments in a robust education system that is able
to produce highly skilled workforce which is required to power
industries of the future.
Matiangi said the
new education reforms will focus on integration of digital tools
in the school curriculum, continuous assessment tests, sports
and development of technical skills among students.
He said that
tuition-free secondary education and provision of subsidized
instructional materials are part of these reforms.
“We are aiming to
achieve 100 percent transition rate from primary to secondary
school while provision of free textbooks to learners and
abolition of examination fees will go a long way in boosting
literacy levels in the country,” Matiangi said.
He added that
reforms in the education system are expected to boost
transparency and accountability that had been eroded in the old
Kenya is leveraging
on information and communication technology as well as policy
and regulatory reforms to modernize its education system against
a backdrop of declining performance.
Belio Kipsang, the
Principal Secretary in the ministry of education, said that
curriculum reforms are expected to boost learners’ outcomes
while enabling them to become self-reliant.
“These reforms will
also revitalize technical and vocational training in the country
and plug a shortfall in skilled workforce, “Kipsang said.