The Kenyan government is making significant strides towards improving the quality of education for all students in the country. In a recent Cabinet meeting, progress was made in the implementation of the Competency Based Curriculum (CBC), which includes the transition to Junior Secondary School and 2023 national exams preparations.
To ensure that all children have equal opportunities for education, the Cabinet on February 28th, 2023 directed that no student should be turned away from school due to lack of a school uniform, as long as they are wearing their primary school uniform. This decision will help to alleviate some of the financial burden on families who may struggle to afford new uniforms for their children.
In addition to these measures, Cabinet also approved early preparations for the 2023 national exams, which include the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) and the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE). The Cabinet also gave the green light for the second cohort of Grade 6 learners to take the Kenya Primary School Education Assessment (KPSEA).
These measures are crucial for ensuring that all students in Kenya have access to quality education and are prepared to succeed in their future endeavors. The transition to Junior Secondary School and the CBC are designed to provide students with the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in the 21st century. The KPSEA will help to assess students’ progress and ensure that they are meeting the necessary standards.
The government’s commitment to improving education in Kenya is reflected in the significant investments that have been made in recent years. These investments include the construction of new schools and the recruitment of more teachers to reduce the teacher-student ratio. The government has also implemented a laptop program to provide students with access to technology and improve their digital literacy skills.
The government’s efforts have not gone unnoticed, and organizations such as the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) have recognized Kenya’s progress in education. However, there is still much work to be done, particularly in addressing the disparities that exist between urban and rural schools and ensuring that all students have access to quality education.
Overall, the recent Cabinet meeting marks an important step forward in the government’s efforts to improve education in Kenya. With continued investment and commitment to these efforts, the future looks bright for the country’s students and their educational prospects