The bill seeks to make provisions for the promotion and regulation of free and compulsory basic education to provide accreditation, registration, governance and management of institutions of basic education and or connected purposes. This is because basic education and training system lays a foundation for the development of a learning society to stimulate, direct and mobilize the creative intellectual energies of the learners’ towards meeting the development needs of Kenya.
The bill will make sure among other things that science, Information Communication Technology, open and distant learning shall be applied in the delivery of education and training at all levels. This is a good development considering educational institutions have in the past shied away from it. The bill, when signed in to an act will see to that human rights and welfare of learners, teachers and non-teaching staff is guaranteed.
Establishment of National Education Board
A national education board which will monitor and evaluate the implementation and effectiveness of all education policies and plans will be established. The members of the board will be holding office for a period of five years. The board will also be tasked with advising the cabinet secretary and other related ministries on policy matters in respect to education and training. It will work with relevant authorities and ensure that all barriers to the right to quality education are removed and that the national and county governments facilitate realization of the right to education by all Kenyans. A county education board will also be established to oversee education in every county. It will be composed of a renowned educationist from the county among others. The board will coordinate and monitor education and training in the county as well as interpret national policies in education based on county needs. It will also be tasked with liaising with other county education boards and the national educational board.
Free and compulsory education.
According to the bill, every child has a right to free and compulsory basic education and shall be accorded an education programme that is appropriate to their needs. Any parent who fails to take a pupil to a school as required under subsection 1(30) commits an offence. Cabinet secretary will be tasked with provision of free and compulsory education to every child including equipment and facilities necessary.
Punishment by expulsion.
No child admitted in a school shall be held back in any class or expelled from school till completion of basic education. This minimizes drop out cases and inconveniences caused by expulsion from schools. Subject to subsection (1), the cabinet secretary may make regulations to prescribe expulsion of a delinquent child for whom all other corrective measures have been exhausted and only after such child and parents or guardian have been afforded to be heard.
New system and structure of education.
The bill prescribes a new system and structure of education. There have always been complains over the time that the current system is not suited for the job market and fails to exploit the full potential of a student.
Primary education divided in to three years lower and three years in upper primary basic education and training
Secondary divided in to three years in junior and three years in senior
Middle –level institutions of basic education
There shall be a board of management for every public school or adult education centre which is established, licensed, and registered under this act. It shall be tasked with promotion of the best interests of institution and ensure development. It will also have to develop a strategic report for the institution among other functions.
Licensing and registration
No person or institutions shall offer basic education in Kenya unless the person is licensed or accredited and registered as provided under this act. This is a timely development as it will curd the makeshift education centers which sprout without any registration and end up delivering poor education and swindling Kenyans of their hard earned cash.
Education and training shall be financed by the government, parents, community, sponsors, the private sector and any other person’s engaged in its promotion. The bill, if signed in to an act, repels the following acts
Education Act cap 211
Board of Adult education act cap 233
Story by Eric Mutema (@Erykko)
Like many upcoming mid-level colleges, Unity College of Professional Studies offers a variety of courses. It banks on the numerous number of high school graduates who fail to gain admission to various universities we have in the country.
The college was established in May 2000 with just three students. Since then, it has grown to have a current population of 1200 students. In the previous years it has been in existence, more than 10,000 students have graduated from its doors. It has also grown to have two campuses. The first one and the main one is located in Epren Centre, Buruburu, an estate in Nairobi Eastlands area. The second campus is located in the CBD at the fourth floor of Gatkim House along Temple road.
Unity College prides itself in the teaching quality having a strong reputation in various courses like Business studies, hair design and beauty, early childhood education, information technology, hotel and catering management etc. They have a mission which seeks to provide high quality training at an affordable cost to students while being responsive to the current needs and trends of a dynamic working environment. That’s why they have collaborated with both local and international examination bodies to provide the best to the students. Some of the bodies include City and Guilds, Kenya National Examination Council, Association of Business executives to name just a few.
A member of staff, Mr David Muchiri had this to say on why students should choose Unity College instead of the numerous competitors in the sector. ‘’We offer the following benefits to our students during and after studies at the college, state of the art teaching aids, guaranteed industrial attachments, job placement for extra ordinary students, numerous extra-curricular activities, styling competitions for those undertaking hair design and beauty and 10% discount if one registers more than one course.’’ The college also prides itself in having competent lecturers and non-teaching staff. From the students’ perspective, an IT student Ann Munna had this to say about the institution. ‘’Unity College has good teachers and compared with other colleges it is inexpensive, my diploma in Information Technology normally takes 6 months but I can cut that by half if I take two lessons at a time. We have a ratio of 1:1 concerning students and desktops and they are of really good quality. In extracurricular activities we have drama, we also visit children’s’ homes. The last one we visited was Jirani Children’s home in Kayole.’’
The college’s school of hair design and beauty has won golden scissors award for three consecutive years. Golden Scissors Award is a South African organized competition for hairdressers drawn from all over Africa. Kiss 100 FM, a radio station in Nairobi voted one of their students as Nairobi’s finest hair dresser last year. The school has also went ahead to groom the National Women Volleyball team, Harrambee stars football team and the national Paralympics team whenever they have an international duty.
The tuition and examination fee varies according to the course. The lowest is Kshs 2,500/= per month to Kshs 15,000/= per month. This makes it very affordable and an ideal choice to many Kenyan citizens.
It offers hostels at an affordable price. They are located in Kariobangi South next to Buruburu estate, off outering road in Nairobi.
Story By Eric Mutema.(@Erykko)