Equity to align its scholarship program with CBC

Dr. James Mwangi appointed Chancellor of the Open University of Kenya
Dr. James Mwangi Chancellor of Open University of Kenya. /Photo Courtesy

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The Equity Group Foundation is looking ways to modify its scholarship program to allign with the new education stystem, Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC).

Speaking on Wednesday in Nairobi, where the foundation hosted 2,637 Wings to Fly and Elimu Scholarship beneficiaries, Equity Group CEO James Mwangi said the changes will be necessary to allow every child in Kenya to get access to quality education.

He said the students, will be the last cohort of Equity scholarship beneficiaries, under the 8-4-4 system.

“We are sitting together with our partners to work out modalities of how to accommodate the change in the education system. 

So essentially, we are reforming the program based on the circumstances and to respond to the challenges of our time,” he said.

Mwangi, who doubles as the Chancellor of the Kenya Open University, said he is seeking a way in which there can be an Equity program to sponsor the incoming university students.

“I’m grateful that the government has given me the chance to serve as the Chancellor of Kenya Open University. 

We will also see what role that can play to support this programme in a very deliberate intentional place to ensure university education becomes more accessible,

“We are now thinking and talking with the Kenya old University on whether we can create a program sponsored by Equity Foundation for the vulnerable so that we just give them the tools and then we pay the university for them,” he added.

So far, 60,000 scholars at the secondary level have benefited from the program, with 

22,000 already transited to university, 1,000 are in international universities and 3,600 scholars are in TVET institutions.

The program focuses on empowering the scholars through education, mentorship and coaching and encourages them to invest their time in doing good by giving back to their communities.

By Vostine Ratemo

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