International schools to teach Kiswahili, History, Education CS

International schools are set to start teaching Kiswahili and Kenyan history as from September this year, the Cabinet Secretary for Education (CS), Dr. Fred Matiang’i has said.

The students would be taught the two subjects up to grade 9, the equivalent of form two upon the beginning of the new academic calendar for International Schools which commences in September.

The introduction of the two subjects follows a government directive that basic education in International Schools that do not offer the 8-8-4 curriculum teach the subjects.

Dr. Matiang’i said International Schools admitted many children of Kenyan parents, noting that the children needed to learn about the history of their country and also one of the dominant languages of communication; kiswahili.

He said this at Braeside High School in Nairobi on Wednesday during the institution’s 20th annual presentation.

Dr. Matiang’i at the same time, said that international schools must ensure that their teachers were duly registered and accredited by the Teachers Service Commission (TSC).

We want to ensure that all schools have people who have been properly prepared to handle children, Dr. Matiang’i said, noting that government would simplify the process of approving expatriate teachers once schools make application to the relevant authorities.

Meanwhile, the government has waived the fee for birth certificates for three months for learners in basic education institutions.

This is contained in a circular signed by the Principal Secretary for Education, Dr. Belio Kipsang to Regional Coordinators of Education ad County Directors.

The Cabinet Secretary for Internal and Coordination of National Government, Maj. General (Rtd) Joseph Nkaisserry granted the waiver from 6thJune 2017 to October 2017, after the Ministry of Education requested it to do so.

Urgently bring this information to the attention of Boards of Managements, school heads teachers, parents and guardians so as to take advantage of the window, the circular states.

Source: Kenya News Agency