Why Kenyan nurses flunked a simple English test
Nurses who failed the tests only had rudimentary literacy skills that could not have allowed them to work where English is the dominant language.
By Wachira Kigotho 2 years ago
Why Kenyan nurses flunked a simple English test
Schoolgirls from poor homes bore heavier brunt in Covid lockdown
School closures thought to have widened inequality in terms of risks and vulnerabilities to access to education.
By Wachira Kigotho 2 years ago
Schoolgirls from poor homes bore heavier brunt in Covid lockdown
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Critical issues in our education system that CBC may not solve
Most of the funds allocated to the education sector is lost through inefficiency.
By Wachira Kigotho 2 years ago
Critical issues in our education system that CBC may not solve
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Special Report: Experts reveal barriers to implementation of CBC in Africa
One of the reasons behind the failure of CBC is an over-bearing African culture and students’ pervasive fear of their teachers.
By Wachira Kigotho 2 years ago
Special Report:  Experts reveal barriers to implementation of CBC in Africa
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Special report: Importing failure from countries offering CBC
The logic of borrowing or importing the competency-based curricula was not based on success stories in their source countries.
By Wachira Kigotho 2 years ago
Special report: Importing failure from countries offering CBC
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Top challenges threatening the implementation of competency based learning
New curriculum’s philosophical standpoint is based on a concept developed by the European Qualifications Framework.
By Wachira Kigotho 2 years ago
Top challenges threatening the implementation of competency based learning
Glaring gaps in computer science classes hitting hard on job skills
Outside universities, the study observed critical skill gaps within the ICT industry itself, especially in telecommunications.
By Wachira Kigotho 4 years ago
Glaring gaps in computer science classes hitting hard on job skills
Poor learning foundations manifest in KCSE results
Low academic performance among students in secondary schools is usually caused by learning deficit take-over from primary education.
By Wachira Kigotho 4 years ago
Poor learning foundations manifest in KCSE results
Boost investment in pre-school to ensure quality learning outcome
Beyond low enrollment levels, pre-school education in Sub-Saharan Africa suffers acute shortage of trained teachers
By Wachira Kigotho 4 years ago
Boost investment in pre-school to ensure quality learning outcome
Why uneducated urban children are ticking time bomb
According to a World Bank study, Nairobi has only 185 public childhood education centres and over 2,700 informal daycare centres
By Wachira Kigotho 5 years ago
Why uneducated urban children are ticking time bomb
Tale of over-age students whose potential is held back by poverty
North Eastern has the highest rate of over-age primary school children, while Nairobi records the lowest rate
By Wachira Kigotho 5 years ago
Tale of over-age students whose potential is held back by poverty
School completion rates drop as poverty stings households
Only one per cent and two per cent of the group had never been to school in Central and Nairobi respectively.
By Wachira Kigotho 5 years ago
School completion rates drop as poverty stings households
How Kenya shot itself in the foot with PhDs target
In 2014, the CUE hurriedly published ambitious but unachievable targets to raise the bar of university lecturers to PhD holders.
By Wachira Kigotho 5 years ago
How Kenya shot itself in the foot with PhDs target
Behind the smoke: Probing annual school burning frenzy
With the many commissions and task forces formed to probe school strikes since 1970s, why has the Education ministry failed to find a lasting solution
By Wachira Kigotho 6 years ago
Behind the smoke: Probing annual school burning frenzy
How safe are girls in boarding schools?
No student, male or female, should have to undergo violence of any kind, or risk their lives to get an education
By Wachira Kigotho 6 years ago
How safe are girls in boarding schools?
Paradox of ghost technical colleges, big dreams
The renewed push by the government to expand technical education is a realisation that youth unemployment is not just an economic issue but a...
By Wachira Kigotho 6 years ago
Paradox of ghost technical colleges, big dreams
Shock of widening education gaps in marginalised communities
The Ogiek, Sengwer, Ajuran, Sakuye, Makonde, Wakifundi and Waswaka still in colonial levels of education.
By Wachira Kigotho 6 years ago
Shock of widening education gaps in marginalised communities
Away with your Mickey Mouse degrees, students tell universities
Students are increasingly becoming selective in their choices of degrees and where they want to study them.
By Wachira Kigotho 6 years ago
Away with your Mickey Mouse degrees, students tell universities
Three-quarters of grade two pupils unable to count beyond 80
The problem with basic education in Sub-Saharan Africa is that nearly 90 per cent of children enrolled are leaving school without having acquired basi
By Wachira Kigotho 6 years ago
Three-quarters of grade two pupils unable to count beyond 80
Why universities should promote research at all academic levels
Becoming a world-class university is not achieved by a mere self-declaration -- this elite status is earned through comprehensive research
By Wachira Kigotho 6 years ago
Why universities should promote research at all academic levels
Is State forcing back harambee school system on parents?
The system of pooling resources by communities started after Kenya’s independence in 1963
By Wachira Kigotho 6 years ago
Is State forcing back harambee school system on parents?
Teaching staff now mere labourers in universities
New university market model has created an academically disinterested audience whose preoccupation is instantaneous value of their money
By Wachira Kigotho 6 years ago
Teaching staff now mere labourers in universities
Why universities are killing Vision 2030 dreams
Irony of a development blueprint pegged on more teachers and marketers than engineers and software developers
By Wachira Kigotho 6 years ago
Why universities are killing Vision 2030 dreams
Why latest curriculum opens new chapter
New syllabus will from January next year replace the current 8-4-4 system of education
By Wachira Kigotho 6 years ago
Why latest curriculum opens new chapter
Plagiarism: The rising threat to academic integrity
Few people outside academia could believe that it would take less than 10 minutes to order for a dissertation in any subject.
By Wachira Kigotho 6 years ago
Plagiarism: The rising threat to academic integrity
How inspiring real life stories turn poor students to A listers
Students who watched Queen of Katwe just before they sat mathematics papers in Form Four and Six national examinations performed better than their peers who had watched Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.
By Wachira Kigotho 6 years ago
How inspiring real life stories turn poor students to A listers
Irony of schooled Kenyans who cannot read, write or count
Kenya must rethink how to use the billions it spends annually on education and focus on ensuring its school going children learn
By Wachira Kigotho 6 years ago
Irony of schooled Kenyans who cannot read, write or count
Deadly craze for good grades and the zombies it churns out
Number one or bust Belief that failing KCPE is a gateway to a life of misery drives young souls to their early graves
By Wachira Kigotho 6 years ago
 Deadly craze for good grades and the zombies it churns out
Why the State is as guilty as arsonists burning our schools
The Ministry of Education, boards of governors and parents and teachers associations cannot escape blame for failure to provide safer school environment for the children.
By Wachira Kigotho 6 years ago
Why the State is as guilty as arsonists burning our schools
Free education means nothing if it's bereft of quality and equity
Secondary education is a key plank to escape from global poverty, but Kenya’s basic education lacks equity and inclusivity, while progress towards quality is at a snail’s pace.
By Wachira Kigotho 7 years ago
Free education means nothing if it's bereft of quality and equity
Why nonsense of ‘my varsity is better than yours’ must end now
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By Wachira Kigotho 7 years ago
Why nonsense of ‘my varsity is better than yours’ must end now
Why education reforms must begin, end with talent creation
The future of the workplace is with free agents; schools must therefore focus on promoting multi-career learning.
By Wachira Kigotho 7 years ago
Why education reforms must begin, end with talent creation
East or west, our institutions of higher learning must shape up or ship out
As focus shifts to oncoming Africa-China education partnership, what exactly can our institutions of higher learning learn from the world’s next top research frontier?
By Wachira Kigotho 7 years ago
East or west, our institutions of higher learning must shape up or ship out
How vicious budget setbacks are jolting basic education financing
Despite the promises made by governments in the region, in real terms, investments in basic education have flat-lined and too often money invested has led to disappointing results
By Wachira Kigotho 7 years ago
 How vicious budget setbacks are jolting basic education financing
One million reasons why we should keep girls in school
Despite major milestones that Kenya has made to encourage teenage mothers go back to school, such students end up dropping out into a life of misery.
By Wachira Kigotho 7 years ago
One million reasons why we should keep girls in school
Why all Class One pupils were never going to get free laptops
There is a misconception that by simply giving learners tablets, educational access issues will be resolved and transformation will occur.
By Wachira Kigotho 7 years ago
Why all Class One pupils were never going to get free laptops
Under-employed graduates sign of bad curriculum and economy
Surveys show the number of university graduates and students has more than doubled in the last 15 years but most Kenyan degree holders are competing for low-value jobs in the jua kali sector.
By Wachira Kigotho 7 years ago
Under-employed graduates sign of bad curriculum and economy
How nursery school teacher was hired to develop new curriculum
Even after over 50 years of independence, Kenyans seem incapable of drafting an elementary curriculum for lower primary children.
By Wachira Kigotho 7 years ago
How nursery school teacher was hired to develop new curriculum
Curriculum shift calls for further investment in quality of teaching
Kenyans and more so for parents and children, should ask themselves whether the clock has switched back in time to 1985.
By Wachira Kigotho 7 years ago
Curriculum shift calls for further investment in quality of teaching
Curriculum shift calls for further investment in quality of teaching
There is no new system that would change the way teaching and learning is done unless there is quality assurance
By Wachira Kigotho 7 years ago
 Curriculum shift calls for further investment in quality of teaching
Why Gen Z fear marriage more than police bullets
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