[lg policy] Kenya: Kaimenyi's speech on the release of 2013 KCSE exam results

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at GMAIL.COM
Tue Mar 4 15:36:06 UTC 2014

Kaimenyi's speech on the release of 2013 KCSE exam results
Updated Monday, March 3rd 2014 at 23:45 GMT +3 1 inShare

Here is Education Cabinet Secretary Jacob Kaimenyi's verbatim speech during
the release of 2013 KCSE examination results: I welcome you all to this
function for the release of the 2013 KCSE Examination results but before I
release the results, I wish to make some remarks on some current policy
issues associated with the Education Sector. One of these issues is the
language policy. In recent times, there has been public debate as reported
in the electronic and print media that my Ministry had introduced a new
language policy where the medium of instruction in primary schools was to
be changed to the local languages. To clear any doubt, I would like to
state that the language policy outlined in the media reports is not new.
This has been in use over the years and was adopted after being recommended
in 1976 by the National Committee of Education Objectives and Policies,
commonly referred to as the Gachathi Commission whose recommendation was
reinforced in the Sessional Paper No. 14 of 2012 on reforming education and
training sectors in Kenya. For the Early Childhood Development Education,
Pre-Primary Education and Education in Lower Primary (Class one to two) the
medium of instruction should be the predominant language of the catchment
area with English and Kiswahili taught as subjects from class one to class
eight while in class four(4), English supersedes the language of the
catchment area as the medium of instruction. Learning theories backed by
research indicate that the use of local languages as a medium of
instruction in the formative years offers many advantages because it
ensures smooth transition from the home to the school environment for first
time school-goers. Most of the concepts introduced in lower primary level
are thus a continuation of activities that form part of the child's play
environment and as such the child learns from "known to the unknown" and
new concepts are easier to grasp when taught in the local language.
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