Proposed education system should cover democracy
Secondary school heads from West Pokot County have asked the ministry of education to incorporate a subject on democracy in the new proposed education system.
Led by St. Theresa’s girls high school Tartar principal, Priscilla Kamau they said the proposed 2- 6 -6 -3 education system should include a subject on democracy at early stages to help nature youths on election process.
Kamau who was speaking at the school during the schools’ annual general elections said this will help in educating youths on the process hence reducing cases of election malpractices.
“Most of the elections that are currently conducted in the country are marred by conflicts and it’s high time we educate our young generation on decent election process,” he said.
She gave an example of the recent concluded SONU elections which was marred by violence saying it was wrong for university students to engage in violence.
“We are expecting the students to be leaders in our communities after they complete their education. If they can engage in violence while at school definitely they will transform to the community,” she said.
The principal said the school management decided to adopt method of secret balloting in electing students council in the school to help nature the students on the real election process.
“We are appearing next general elections and we don’t want a repeat of what happened in 2007/2008 that’s why we need to prepare our students on the process. We also want the students to own the process,” she said.
The elections were conducted by officials from IEBC.
Kamau also embraced the proposed new education curriculum saying it will help reduce cases of cheating.
She said the curriculum will help break the syllabus into segments that will help children to fully understand.
“The current curriculum is wide and students are not able to grasp all the contents within the stipulated time frame and this has led to many students engaging in exam cheating,” he said.
Rhodah Nyakir who was elected the school chairperson said she will ensure students perform extra hard for them to maintain their position in the county.
“Our school has always been the best girl’s school in this county and during my leadership period I want to ensure that the school emerges the best overall in the county,” she said.