President Kenyatta says Kenya needs education that is practical, nurtures innovation

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President Uhuru Kenyatta greets Education PS Belio Kipsang at KICC during the National Conference on curriculum reforms. Photo/PSCU
President Uhuru Kenyatta greets Education PS Belio Kipsang at KICC during the National Conference on curriculum reforms. Photo/PSCU

President Uhuru Kenyatta has urged parents to nurture the talents their children have instead of imposing themselves on them with demands and targets they’ve set in their education paths. “Let us work together and arm our children with the skills and nurture the talents that God has given them as opposed to imposing on them what we think they should be,” he said. He said every child has been given a talent by God and its the responsibility of those responsible like parents to bring it out, nurture it so that it becomes useful to the child in future.

The President was speaking at the National Conference on Curriculum Reforms at KICC in Nairobi. The Conference brought together stakeholders in the education sector led by Education CS George Magoha, Education PS Belio Kipsang, TSC CEO Nancy Macharia among others. President Kenyatta said curriculum reforms should focus on providing education and training that guarantees opportunities for the young generation. “We need education that is practical and hands-on, education which nurtures creativity and innovation. One that needs to encourage a problem solving approach to challenges facing our communities.”

He further revealed that in the new competence based curriculum, there will be no national exams to transition to high school, at class six/grade six. In the CBC, grades 7,8 and 9 after the sixth grade will be domiciled to secondary schools. He affirmed that the government will ensure there is a hundred percent transition from primary schools to secondary schools.