Proposals tabled by the PWPER today. In its recent submission, the Presidential Working Party on Education Reforms (PWPER) submitted a number of proposals to the government. This article highlights the proposals that were tabled by the education committee.
Proposals tabled by the PWPER today
1. The education ministry is required to adopt a school system that is comprehensive comprising of pre-primary, primary and also junior school. This system will therefore be managed centrally. In addition, the committee proposed the dropping of the name ‘secondary’ from JSS and SSS. We will therefore have junior school and senior school.
2. The country is asked to prioritize investing in a foundational form of learning so as to avert future education crisis. Numeracy, basic literacy, transferable skills like emotional and social skills ensures essential blocks towards acquiring high order skills.
3. The PWPER also asked KICD to decrease the number of subjects in institutions. From 9 to seven for lower primary and 12 to 8 for upper primary, 14 to 9 in junior school. This will ensure that there are no overlaps and overloads. In addition, pre-primary will have five subjects while senior school will have seven.
4. The ministry of education is asked to stop school categorization. They are therefore asked to adopt a kind of categorization that is based on career pathways for senior schools.
5. Renaming of EMIS to KEMIS.
6. The education ministry is asked to establish Kenya School of Teacher and Education Management (KeSTEM) to monitor in-service training. It should also establish Kenya Teacher Training College (KeTTC) to monitor admission of pre-service instructions’ training.
7. The quality assurance and standards function to be transfered from TSC to MoE. This will solve overlapping mandate in the function of quality assurance and standards in Basic Education. In addition, the directorate of quality assurance and standards should be strengthened at the state department of quality education.
8. A mandatory one year internship program for all graduates. This will help develop, attract and retain effective educators.
9. A minimum essential package be implemented so as to cushion institutions with low enrollment.
10. The committee also demanded an implementation of a revised capitation in view of realities in the new curriculum. Sh 1,170 for pre-primary, 15,043 for JS, 22,527 for SS (day), sh 19,800 for SNE (day) and 38,280 for SNE (boarding). They also asked the government to consider increasing the grant for ACE. In addition, the grants and capitation are to be reviewed after every two years.
11. Management of bursaries and scholarships to be coordinated under the Kenya Basic Education Bursaries and Scholarship Council as a successor to the Jomo Kenyatta Foundation.
12. In an attempt to enhance equitable access and inclusion, MoE is asked to develop guidelines for accelerated education programs for SNE learners, marginalized groups and also adults.
13. Institutionalizing TVET linkages with industries and projects of the government.
14. Adopt a higher education financing model that is sustainable.
15. Enact the proposed tertiary education placement and funding bill to combine UFB, HELB and TVET fund to ensure efficiency in tertiary education funding.
16. The national government to partner with devolved governments to develop a financing framework to ring-fence VTCs resources.
17. The national government is also asked to operationalize Open University in the country with the first set of learners being admitted next month.
18. Strengthen university sector’s governance, ammend the universities act, exclude PSC in chancellors’ appointment process. Provide a panel that will participate in appointment of chancelors and council members. Councils should also be empowered to take responsibility of appointing vice chancellors and other top managements in institutions.
19. Environmental conservation and climate change action be institutionalized in all schools.
20. Introduction of a mandatory community service for three months for senior school graduates before joining campus and an additional 9 month after campus. A certificate of compliance to the community service will serve as proof before being admitted into the job market.
21. The Kenyan government to print national examinations locally.
Proposals tabled by the PWPER today.