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10 | National News EDUCATION | Institutions in urban areas to adopt Kiswahili Local languages to be used in schools New policy paper requires teachers to instruct pupils in mother tongue BY JEREMIAH KIPLANG’AT @jere_kiplangat firstname.lastname@example.org T eachers in public primary schools are now required to teach pupils from class four and below in mother tongue, a new policy by the Ministry of Education says. The policy also tasked teachers to ensure pupils master English and Kiswahili to enable them easily converse when out of school. A sessional paper prepared by the ministry and made public yesterday, says mother tongue should be used for children below eight years. “The language of the catch- ment area (Mother Tongue) shall be used for child care, pre-primary education and in the education of Lower Primary children (0-8 years),” said the Sessional Paper 14 2012. It is not clear what mother tongue will be used on pupils attending schools in urban areas where native languages are rarely spoken. Although not clear on whether it is on upper primary only, the policy urges teachers to also ensure national languages— Kiswahili and English—are spoken in schools. In urban areas, the ministry prefers Kiswahili as the language of instruction for lower primary and has asked schools to observe that. “It is important that when- ever possible learners are not confined in their local areas for the purpose of national integration. For schools located in metropolitan areas, Kiswahili shall be adopted as a language of the catchment area,” the ministry adds. The move to prescribe the languages for use comes at a The year when the department of adult education was formed 1966 ‘‘ The language of the catchment area(Mother Tongue) shall be used for child care, pre-primary education and lower Primary,” Sessional Paper 14 time when the street language, Sheng, is fast becoming a preferred mode of communication among the younger Kenyans. The National and County Education Boards shall encourage the use of the two official languages Kiswahili and English both in and out of school as provided for in the Constitution of Kenya (2010), the ministry says in the Paper. In a bid to ensure children with special needs are not discriminated against and forced out of school, the ministry has also urged schools to ensure “sign language, braille or other appropriate means of communication shall also be used in the delivery of education to learners with special needs.” Adult education With the interest of illiterate older people on learning picking, the ministry called for a firmer policy to give them a chance to go back to school. “The provision of Adult and Continuing Education (ACE) throughout Kenya has been constrained because the department of adult education has been located in various ministries since 1966, and has not been adequately funded,” the policy notes. The government is also keen on promoting cultures through education. The ministry urged schools to pay attention to the various cultures around schools and disseminate them. Firms and beneficiaries owe loans board Sh30b BY NATION CORRESPONDENT Tertiary education loan beneficiaries and firms owe the agency more than Sh30 billion. The Higher Education Loans Board chief executive officer, Mr Charles Ringera (below), said that of the Sh30 billion, Sh13 billion had matured and was overdue for repayment while Sh17 billion had not yet matured. “Part of the money is held by private companies who collecte behalf of have refused it to the Mr Rin Educat Secretar menyi offices in N Prof K a s k e d private c ompanies holding money they collected on behalf of the board to remit the cash immediately. He also called on past ben- eficiaries to repay outstanding amounts to enable the agency finance the increasing number of Kenyans seeking loans for their university education. “Refusal by the companies and previous beneficiaries of the loans to repay the outstanding amounts undermines the board’s capacity to finance the education of the current generation of university students seeking financial assistrd,” er said. Sec- ver, the ure nts ans one oad. SECURITY | ‘ A minute boss...’ DAILY NATION Monday January 27, 2014 BRIEFLY ELGEYO-MARAKWET Senator’s house at risk of being demolished Elgeyo-Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen’s fourbedroomed house in Embobut Forest is among illegal structures targeted for demolition by the government today. Kenya Forest Service zonal manager Alfred Nyaswobu yesterday confirmed that the Mr Murkomen’s (above) house at Staat market was technically inside the forest. The government operation to save the water tower enter its second week today and so far four sections of the forest have been cleared of illegal settlements. MOMBASA Hospital needs 15 new incubators, says medic The largest referral hospital in DENNISH OCHIENG I NATION A security guard screens a worshipper at the entrance of Holy Family Basilica in Nairobi yesterday. Security agencies are on a red alert after the government warned of terrorists’ plans to attack government buildings and others places. Candidates who miss varsity to be picked for technical training BY NATION CORRESPONDENT Technical vocational edu- cation and training is set to be integrated in the formal academic and professional education, a Principal Secretary has said. Science and Technology PS Prof Colletta Suda yesterday disclosed that the ministry would formally select students for technical training. The students would be selected from among 2013 Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education examination candidates who would not have secured places in universities to pursue academic and professional courses, she said in Nairobi. However, efforts to inte- grate technical vocational education and training in (TVET) the formal academic and professional education and training was facing per- RELATED Polys start admissions ception challenges, according to the PS, who spoke when she visited the Higher Education Loans Board offices. The board was still holding millions of shillings meant to fund technical and technology students, it emerged. “We are still holding a large Selection of students into public youth training institutions begins today at the Kisumu Polytechnic. Learners who completed Standard Eight but who will not join Form One will be admitted into various institution during the two-day selection, in a new government policy to integrate vocational training in education. bulk of the Sh400 million we are supposed to disburse to applicants enrolled in technical training institutions,” said the board’s chief executive officer, Mr Charles Ringera. Speaking at the board’s offices, Education Cabinet Secretary Prof Jacob Kaimenyi said that TVET institutions were important alternative education and training pathways. Prof Kaimenyi asked stu- dents undertaking or about to undertake technical and technological courses to apply for loans from the board to finance their training. Coast needs more than 15 incubators to provide better maternity care for babies. Area hospital chief administrator Bernard Mwero said at least 50 babies are born in a day and some need to use its newborn unit for treatment and other services. Mr Mwero appealed to organisations to donate the equipment to help save lives. He was speaking when he received a new incubator and other equipment donated by the Insurance Regulatory Authority (IRA) at the weekend. NAIROBI Transporters urged to back rules on extra load The national highways agency wants the public to support the new rules against overloading, saying they are a convenience to transporters and will prevent loss of money on the roads. The Kenya National Highways Authority yesterday argued that the new regulations, once in place, would help avoid unnecessary delays that arise when owners of overloaded trucks are taken to court. With the rules, overloaded trucks will pay for the extra weight without facing charges. MAKUENI Residents asked to back local colleges Residents of Makueni County have been urged to support local schools, colleges and universities by enrolling their children in them. County Assembly Speaker Steven Ngelu at the weekend lamented that most university students were studying outside the county yet South Eastern Kenya University was in the area. He said only 46 students at the university come from the region. He spoke during a prize giving ceremony at Ave Maria Primary School in Kibwezi District.
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