The observation by Kenya's Heads of secondary schools in their ongoing forum that the country’s education system direly needs reform is a welcome gesture. This comes in the wake of findings by the NGO Uwezo, that most Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) exam candidates can not solve problems tackled in lower classes. The most recent study by the Kenya National Examinations Council indicates that the early education of Kenya’s children is a mess.
Despite the Kenya Institute of Education's (KI.E) mandate to conduct and prepare syllabuses for schools, government ministries and departments, community based organizations, faith based organizations and NGOs, the institution has compounded the academic dilemma further by stating that most teaching material is substandard.
The Ministry of Education must urgently take note of these observations and craft measures that will nurture the country’s young minds. Wasting the minds of young people – who form the bulk of the country’s population - is a recipe for national disaster. In the presence of globalization and rapidly changing technologies, the Education ministry must take steps to make education current, able to solve the country’s challenges and prepare the Kenyan child to fit in the global economy.
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