By KBC Reporter
The Principal Secretary for Education, Dr. Belio Kipsang has challenged managers of Secondary Schools to encourage students to participate in the annual East African essay writing competitions for a wider appeal.
He said students need to engage in competitive essay writing so that they can sharpen their skills not only for their class work but as a life skill that will benefit them in the future.
“Good writing skills, which are core to good performance in all the academic work, are nurtured through continuous practice,” Dr. Kipsang noted.
The Principal Secretary made the remarks in a speech reads on his behalf by the Director of Quality Assurance and Standards, Mr. Pius Mutisya during East African Community Studies’ Essay Writing Competition 2016 National Awards Ceremony yesterday at the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD) on Friday.
The Principal Education Secretary East African Community, Aloysius Chebet, hailed the Kenya Government, through the Ministry of Education, for safeguarding the security and integrity of administration of National Examinations.
He said a society cannot have quality education where there is a weak assessment system.
“Quality Education depends on producing credible examinations results,” Mr. Chebet noted.
Students participating in the essay competition were required to write essays of between 1000-1500 words on: “Advantages and disadvantages of having new partner states in the East African Community. The theme arose from the joining of The Republic of South Sudan in the Community.
The competition was open to all students in form one to form four in Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania and South Sudan.
Participants were asked write in English, French or in Kiswahili languages but on the same topic.
The Competition aims to among others, to create awareness among the school-going population about the activities of the East African Community, enable students analyse from their own perspective how best East Africa’s natural resources can be exploited in light of the regional integration process; and foster a deeper understanding among the students on the existing cultural, historical and political ties of the people of East Africa.
Participants in the essay competition were required to write essays of between 1000-1500 words on: “Advantages and disadvantages of having new partner states in the East African Community. The theme arose from the joining of The Republic of South Sudan in the Community. The competition ran from March, 2016 ended in July, 2016.
The competition was open to all students in form one to form four in Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and Tanzania. Participants were asked write in English, French or in Kiswahili languages but on the same topic.
The competition aims to create awareness among the students about the policies, programmes and activities of East African Community.
In the National category, the five best essay writers were awarded certificates, cash tours and will go on a sponsored tour in East Africa.
The best of the five students will receive US$300 while the fifth best student will received US$120.
The best school was awarded a plague plus school equipment worth US$1,200.
Guy Rogers Murimi Nyaga from St. Joseph Junior Seminary emerged the best student in while John Njenga from Nyahururu Secondary School in Nyandarua got second position in English category. Delphine Muronji was third best student, Naptali Mbuto 3rd position while Alusa Nafula was 5th position.
In attendance included senior officials from, the Ministry of East African Community, the Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC), and the Teachers Service Commission and Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development and the Ministry of Education.