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Former South Africa President Nelson Mandela (1918 – 2013) is quoted saying, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” Victor Hugo (1805 – 1885) a French author wrote, “He who opens a school door, closes a prison.” Henry Brougham (1778–1868) in a speech to the House of Commons January 1828 said, “Education makes a people easy to lead, but difficult to drive; easy to govern, but impossible to enslave.” A Greek philosopher, Aristotle (384 – 322 BCE), is quoted saying, “Learning is an ornament in prosperity, a refuge in adversity, and a provision in old age.”
The Jubilee government promised Kenyan standard one children free laptops if elected into power. The project has been fought from all corners with many being of the opinion that the government should consider building classrooms, providing desks and chairs and hiring more teachers to make learning in public schools more conducive....
The debate on the extent to which mother tongue should be used as a mode of instruction in school continues as many argue that it improves the quality of education. Education experts are now campaigning for children’s local dialect to be used as the language of instruction in schools. And there is also the computers that are expected to become part of Kenya education system at an early age that will likely be discussed when they come and what role to play....
It has been said time and again that students in the urban areas perform better than students in the rural areas. A number of reasons have been given for this difference some them to do with levels of family income, along with gender, and location to the school. Most children in rural areas miss school more than their counterparts. ...
The world today has advance in such a way that technology has taken centre stage when it comes to how things are done. Gone are the days when one only needed to rely on the teacher to learn. Students are now exposed to the internet which has a wide range of information that they can use for their learning needs. Access to the internet is easy as it is just a click away and information is readily available....
Kenya Constitution article 53. (1) reads, “Every child has the right––(b) to free and compulsory basic education.” This constitution law gives every Kenyan child the right to free basic education that the constitution also makes compulsory. Jubilee Manifesto does not define what, “basic education,” means and thereby does not state how it will achieve this right. CORD Manifesto reads, “CORD will comply with the Constitution, which entitles every child to basic, free and compulsory education.” Similarly CORD does not define the “basic education,” or say how they will comply with constitution. ...
The education system in Kenya is examination oriented whereby a student is judged by the outcome of his final year examination results. Schools are not judged by the number of students who go through their doors but by the number of students who perform well in national examinations thereby determining the quality of a school. One factor that influences students performances in national examinations is the leadership and organizational management of individual schools. ...
The challenges facing the Kenyan education system are great and it will take a while to meet the goals of Kenya Vision 2030 as defined when it comes to education matters. The ultimate success of Kenya’s education system will be measured by its ability to give equal access to all candidates and provide qualified skills into the labour market to drive the economy. Equity across the school system will only be achieved when schools are fully staffed, where learning resources are available and when the numbers of students in a class are reduced to a manageable size....
The government is currently developing a sessional paper which will provide a legal framework for the ongoing educational sectoral reforms. The sessional paper will guide education for the next 20 years and will provide policy guidelines that will ensure every Kenyan child the right to education and training no matter his or her socio economic status. ...
The results of the Kenyan Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) have shown a great discrepancy between students from different parts of the country in terms of the marks that they got. While some students scored as high as 400 marks, others went as low as 100 marks out of a total score of 500 marks. Questions have continued to be raised, especially for public schools, as to how students pursuing the same curriculum, having qualified teachers and employed by the same body can perform so differently....
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