By Claire Wanja
The Principal Secretary for State Department of Basic Education, Dr. Belio Kipsang has underscored the capacity of education in enhancing integration of the East African Community countries.
He said the harmonisation of the curriculum the basic education curriculum and the qualification framework will achieve the goals and objectives of the Community.
The PS made these remarks when he received a delegation of Education officers from Uganda in Jogoo House on Wednesday who are on a benchmarking mission in Kenya.
They were led by the Chairman of the National Association of Municipal and District Education Officers (NAMDEO), Mr. Esau Nshabinue and the organisation General Secretary, Mr. Mike Nangosia.
Dr. Kipsang said that Kenya was investing 6.5% of its Gross Domestic Product (GDP) into education with 27% of its national budget on education, saying the government appreciated the capacity of education to transform people’s life.
He said hundreds of Kenyan students were in Uganda pursuing Advanced Level of education while many others were undertaking education in Ugandan Universities.
He said the cultural relationship this movement in search of education was building was helping build mutual understanding between the Kenya and Uganda.
He said the policy where foreign students pay fees in local currency was an additional foundation to forge integration among the East African Community member states.
He said access to modern formal education will also help erode the tensions that cattle rustling caused between the Karamojong and the Turkana in the Northern parts of Kenya and Uganda.
The Chairman of NAMDEO Mr. Esau Nshabinue said his delegation sought to learn the policy and operational framework of Kenya’s education system.
He thanked the government of Kenya for the hospitality it had accorded the delegation.
The delegation will visit the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development, Secondary and Primary Schools in Kiambu County and a number of County and District Education offices.
Present during the occasion were the Director for Secondary and Tertiary Education, Mr. Robert Masese and the Acting Director for Field and Other Services, Mrs. Margaret Murage.