Machogu promises to strengthen teaching of STEM subjects in schools

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Education Cabinet Secretary Ezekiel Machogu. Photo Courtesy.

The Cabinet Secretary (CS) for Education, Ezekiel Machogu has said that the Kenya Government is keen to strengthen the teaching of Science, Technology and Mathematics (STEM) subjects in order to attract more students to pursue careers in those areas.

In a press release on November 15, 2023, the CS noted that they aim to improve the teaching of Mathematics and Science with a view to increasing the number of students who join Science related courses and careers.

“We believe this will give them opportunities to pursue their interests,” Machogu observed.

He spoke when he received the President for Strengthening Mathematics and Science Education in Africa (SMASE Africa), Dr.  Benson Banda.

Machogu said the new grading system for the remaining cohort of 8.4.4 learners will also help create career opportunities in STEM for students who have strength in Mathematics and Science as the grading will take into account mathematics and any of the languages as compulsory subjects.

Dr. Banda, who is also the Director at the National Science Centre, Ministry or General Education in Zambia said lack of integration of policy, research and practice STEM has undermined the potential Africa has in developing and applying the knowledge and skills Africa has.

He said Africa should use its own resources to safeguard the interest of the continent.

He asked the Cabinet Secretary, in his capacity as the patron of Strengthening Mathematics and Science Education in Africa (SMASE Africa) to impress on his fellow Ministers of Education in Africa to invest and support STEM education in Africa.

The Principal Secretary for Basic Education Dr. Belio Kipsang’ said the Ministry had made 103 STEM schools with a view building students’ interest in Mathematics and Science.

Also in attendance was the Director General, Dr. Elyas Abdi, the Chairperson of the Centre for Mathematics Science Technology in Africa (CEMASTEA) Dr. Pius Mutisya, the Director of CEMASTEA, Jacinta Akatsa.

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