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No need to change the education system asserts Minister for Higher Education

Written by Shillah Mwadosho
2012-04-01 15:07:00
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The Minister for Higher Education Professor Margaret Kamar has said that there is need to improve on the current 8-4-4 education system rather than changing it to the 2-6-6-3 as proposed earlier. Speaking in Aldai constituency, Nandi South District as she laid the foundation stone for the construction of Kemeloi Technical Training Institute.

Prof. Kamar said that the 8-4-4 system gives one an exit point once they finish one level, "with 8 years in primary school, one can join a technical instititute or a polytechnic and get full training as a mature educated adult but six years is too little." She added that, technical education for a long time has been treated as one for failures who scored poor grades, but since Kenya has embraced science and technology for the realization of vision 2030, technical education will be an area of choice for many not just perceived as being for failures. She called upon the youth to work hard in education as "Kenya of today relies on its youth in education for  knowledge ecomomy so as to improve the living standards of Kenyans through placing themselves in better positions as universities and technical institutes play a major role in ensuring is everyone is literate.

Present during the function was the minister for roads Franklyn Bett who called upon the residents to pray for the ICC suspects especially those vying for positions in government so as their cases could be speeded up to give them time to campaign. He further dismissed claims that his ministry is the most poorly run institution. "Every week I open roads and tenders and the government is placing a lot of money in my ministry meaning it’s not stupid when they know it’s not important, I wonder why it was ranked last." He added.

At the same time the minister for Agriculture Dr. Sally Kosgey who was their host in Aldai constituency assured residents that there was enough fertilizer for planting but because of its high demand and problem during transportation the  shortage which occurred will be solved. Dr. Sally further congratulated the Kemeloi Boys School for their sterling performance in the district in last year’s KCSE exams

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