Govt, AU partner to improve quality of Mathematics, Science

By Caroline Kamau

The Government, and the African Union have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to train and  improve the quality of Mathematics and Sciences teaching in Africa.

The MOU will see support programmes on teacher development, curriculum, availing teaching and learning materials, quality assurance at basic education level, and the establishment of the Regional Training Centres modeled on Centre for Mathematics, Science and Technology Education in Africa.

The agreement will go a long way in improving the performance of these subjects both in primary and secondary schools not just in Kenya but the continent as a whole.

The Cabinet Secretary for Education, Prof. Jacob Kaimenyi  who signed the MOU on behalf of the Government  expressed the need to promote ownership of activities among African Countries by involving stakeholders in Education sector and making the Center an African Union Agency.

The MOU will facilitate the development of in-service and pre-service teacher education programme, curricula and course materials of high quality in mathematics and science education.

The goal is to ensure that education programs on the continent are of exceptional quality and have direct relevance,  and ultimately produce world class teachers.

Dr. Martial De-Paul Ikoungawho is in charge of  Human Resources, Science and Technology, in the African said the continental body would like to commission a  study into ways of improving the training of teachers to determine their deficiencies and needs.

The Commission is also keen on strengthening Technical, Vocational Education and Training in Africa.