The Education Ministry has launched a Sh32 million government project to promote teaching of science related subjects.
Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i said the money will be allocated will be used on 47 model schools established across the country but added that schools whose dormitories were burned in arson last term will be excluded.
The centers which will focus on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in schools will serve not only students and teachers in their respective institutions but also to further spread the STEM culture to other schools.
Dr Matiang’i who was at the Centre for Mathematics, Science and Technology Education in Africa (CEMASTEA) in Nairobi during the launch of the project, said the government is not ready to see such investments go up in flames due to indiscipline in schools.
Over 120 schools were affected by the wave of unrest with property worth millions being destroyed.
“We will not involve them in these project because of indiscipline. We want teachers, parents and students in those schools to discuss how to solve problems,” said the Cabinet Secretary.
The Kenyan government allocates more than 30% of its current budget to the field of education.
According to a report however, the quality of education was lowered mainly in the subjects of science and mathematics by lack of textbooks, teaching materials, science teachers, congestion of curriculum and the tight educational budget.
Because of this the government made improvement of Mathematics and Science education at secondary level a priority with the focus being the quality in terms of both hardware and software aspects such as the development of facilities and textbooks and the expansion of fostering teachers.
The project is supported by the government of through a grant and a “project-type technical cooperation” on the development of equipment to strengthen the education of mathematics and science at secondary schools through the training to teachers of science and mathematics.
Kenya government will support the schools for the next five years.
Dr Matiang’i said the government aim is to transform Kenya into an industrialized middle-income country by providing a high quality of life to all its citizens in a clean and secure environment.