Govt explores ways to review education curriculum

Devolution and Planning Cabinet Secretary Anne Waiguru says the government is exploring ways to review education curriculum to address Population information, Education and communication (IEC) in the syllabus.

She said consultations with the ministry of Education and other stake holders were underway to develop an inclusive curriculum that factors aspects of the new population policy for national development to empower the youth with the requisite life skills.

Waiguru said the government had rolled out a series of programmes tailored to improve the lives of the youth and ensure that their participation in national development was felt.

She cited the Kenya Youth Empowerment Programme through which the state had partnered with Kenya Private Sector Alliance to impart relevant life skills to the youth through training and internship session to improve their employability.

The Cabinet Secretary was speaking at celebrations marking this year’s World Population Day at the Kajiado KCB grounds where she reiterated government’s commitment to invest in the youth.

“The various government initiatives such as free and compulsory basic and subsidized secondary education, education bursary funds, CDF, Youth Enterprise Development Fund, UWEZO fund, free maternity and health care are just some of youth friendly initiatives” she said.

Waiguru however decried that retrogressive cultural practices impacted negatively on the progress made towards the empowerment of the girl child due to inadequate access to comprehensive reproductive health information.

She urged the communities where such practices were persistent to dialogue openly about the impact of cultural habits like Female Genital Mutilation which he decried was used to justify early marriages, school dropout and caused Health problems to victims