Taskforce Holds Induction on Education Reforms and Reviews
Yesterday, members of the Presidential Working Party on Education Reforms (PWPWR) completed a three-day orientation into the currents and essentials of education reform initiatives in Kenya and around the world.
The ceremony was held at Nairobi’s Centre for Mathematics, Science, and Technology in Africa (CEMASTEA).
Prof. Raphael Munavu’s 49-member team has been tasked with investigating education reforms and making appropriate recommendations to the government at the end of six months.
Prof. Munavu asked the team members to be objective when listening to the views Kenyans will present to them during countrywide public hearings on educational issues.
“Public engagement means listening to the citizens,” Munavu noted, adding that education has the capacity to transform the socioeconomic fortunes of a country.
Munavu emphasized the importance of ensuring the credibility of the information and documents gathered or received in order to write its report.
“As we craft the report, look at the global, regional and national contexts,” Munavu noted, saying that the recommendations they will make should be as bold and as objective as possible.
Quality education, he claims, is the only way for individuals and societies to gain friends and influence others. “Take education and use it to transform people,” Munavu said.
He told the team that they have the potential and opportunity to transform education in ways that will distinguish Kenya.
President William Ruto established the Presidential Working Party on Education Reforms last month to review education reforms and make recommendations to the government.
The 49-person team is tasked with evaluating the country’s education system and recommending an appropriate structure for implementing the Competency-Based Curriculum.
The PWPWR is expected to study all laws governing the basic education subsector and make recommendations for review of these laws in order to address duplication, ambiguities, efficiency constraints, and improve linkages, according to a gazette notice dated September 29th.
It will also examine and recommend equitable access to education, particularly for those experiencing social, economic, and geographical marginalization, vulnerable populations, children, and people with special needs.
The working party is also expected to provide the Head of State with a progress report every two months from the start date, as well as a final report at the end of the term.
The President has charged the team with reviewing and recommending a governance and financing framework for TVET training and development, university education, research, and training.
The taskforce will also make recommendations for streamlining continuity in TVET and university education transition, as well as a framework for operationalizing the National Open University of Kenya and a framework for Open, Distance, and E-line learning (ODEL).
The PWPWR has been given the authority to invite and consider views from stakeholders in the sector and members of the public, to hold a number of meetings in places and at times it deems necessary for the proper discharge of its functions, and to regulate its own procedure.
The Chairperson stated that PWPWR will notify the public about how it plans to meet and solicit feedback from them as soon as possible.