President Uhuru Kenyatta has reiterated his government’s resolve to support the Education sector in Kenya. During his State of the Nation Address at Parliament buildings on Thursday 4th April,201, the president highlighted major strides achieved in the promotion of universal Education for all. Here is an excerpt from the President’s speech;
THE PRESIDENT ON CURRICULUM REFORMS
The National Values are best realized through proactive reform measures in Education. It is in our Schools that we can best embed in our children Human Dignity, Equity, Social Justice, Inclusivity, and all the other Values that we cherish and hold dear.
It is for that reason that my Administration introduced curriculum reforms designed to better align our education system with our National Values.
The reforms are expected to mold a people who embody innovation and excellence. The result will be a globally competitive human capital base, having the tools for success in a fast-paced and dynamic world.
THE PRESIDENT ON 100 PERCENT TRANSITION POLICY
In fulfilment of the same, in 2018, my Administration adopted the Policy on Universal Access to Basic Education. The Policy seeks to ensure that all our children enroll in Primary School and complete their Secondary School Education, with a 100% transition rate. This measure will go a long way to ensuring that all Kenyans have access to equal opportunities and a chance to further their passions. Our aggressive push of this agenda has this year seen us achieve 100 percent transition rate, the highest on the Continent.
THE PRESIDENT ON INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT AT SCHOOLS
To address the pressure on schools facilities across the Country, my Administration has prioritized development of school infrastructure for the Fiscal Year 2019/2020. I call on all Members of Parliament to act in solidarity with our Children and approve the Education Budget as per our request.
Secondly, I urge you to prioritise allocation of the Constituency Development Funds towards school infrastructure.
PRESIDENT KENYATTA ON HIS SUPPORT FOR TECHNICAL & VOCATIONAL EDUCATION
There is No Turning Back on our commitment to ensure that No Child is left behind.
As part of Tertiary Education reforms, my Administration has implemented a rejuvenation of Vocational Training Institutions, to build on the skills needed to contribute to Nation Building and in particular the manufacturing pillar of the Big Four.
Over the last three years, my Administration has set aside an unprecedented amount of resources towards supporting students joining technical and vocational training institutions.