Strathmore University Business School (SBS) in partnership with Standard Media Group, the Ministry of Education, Centre for Mathematics, Science and Technology Education in Africa (CEMASTEA) and the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD) on 26th February 2019, held the Transform Kenya Basic Education forum at SBS.
This is the fourth edition of the campaign the first one was held on June 5, 2018 in Kwale County focusing on environment. The second edition was held on September 6, 2018 at Strathmore University, Nairobi. The third edition took place on October 25, 2018 at SBS.
Transform Kenya aims to influence new ways of doing things by according as many Kenyans as possible the opportunity to contribute to the debate on national development. Standard Group Media amplifies these conversations on several communication platforms both online and offline to spur national conversation across a wide range of selected topics.
The event hosted by KTN’s Sharon Momanyi and Frank Otieno was highly interactive as the moderator fielded questions from both the live audience and followers on social media. Participants on social media joined the conversation using the hashtag #TransformKenyaSG and got to watch the show live on KTN News from 6 to 9pm.
The Panel included Dr Joyce Laboso (Council of Governors Education Committee Chairperson and Governor Bomet County), Hon Wilson Sossion (Secretary-General Kenya National Union of Teachers [KNUT] and nominated MP), Dr Julius Jwan (Director and CEO Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development [KICD]), Mr Lawrence Njagi (Chairman, Kenya Publishers Association), Mr Stephen Njoroge (Director, CEMASTEA) and Mr Nicholas Maiyo (Chairman, National Association of Parents).
In response to the concerns raised on the chronic teachers strike in the country, Hon. Wilson Sossion defended the teachers’ strike saying, the end of such strikes will never come, claiming that many Kenyan civil servants have reaped the fruits of such struggles giving the example of those benefiting from maternity leaves.Further stating that quality education can only be achieved through quality teachers, “You cannot expect quality education if you are not paying teachers well,” he said.
Mr Stephen Njoroge from CEMASTEA stated that the country needs to ensure capacity building on STEM strategy, to help children keep pace with the changing trends saying, “I would not be a better person today if I did not get good teaching.”
The Parents Association Vice Chair spoke expansively about teenage pregnancies calling on law enforcers to conduct proper investigations and parents to be vigilant of their children all in an effort to mitigate the vice.
We hope to see major changes come as a result of this discussion.