The history of education in Kenya

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Elementary education

Major Row Hits Catholic Sponsored Schools
By Tervil Okoko, Panafrican News Agency, 20 January 2001. A row between the Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) and the Catholic church in western Kenya. The Catholic church fired head teachers because of poor performance in the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education examination (KCSE).
Gender Parity Still Elusive in Education
The Daily Nation, 26 February 2001. Despite major efforts to narrow the gender gap in education, wide disparities are continuing at the secondary and tertiary levels, according to the 1999 Census. Girls' participation and transition as well as performance rates lag behind those of boys, and, so does performance.
Caning Ban is Backed
The Nation (Nairobi), 21 April 2001. Unicef has supported the caning ban in schools. The Education Minister outlawed caning last week, and Kenya has heitherto been widely criticised for allowing it. The 10 issues identified by Unicef as priorities in the global movement.
Probe is Rejected By Knut
By Samuel Siringi, The Nation (Nairobi), 19 June 2001. A Government report revealed that the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education examinations candidates had been found guilty of cheating. Kenya National Union of Teachers has launched its own investigation into the exam irregularities.
Students May Not Be Stupid
The Nation (Nairobi), Editorial, 23 July 2001. Poverty may not be the only reason for school drop outs. The main problem could lie with school curriculums and the teaching methods. The frustration and the feeling of rejection by students improperly branded as slow learners may compel them to drop out.

University and adult education

Don Blames Aids Spread At Varsities On Sex Rush
The Nation (Nairobi), Sunday 3 September 2000. A rush for new sexual relationships, called the gold rush exposes university freshmen to HIV/Aids infection. University students must learn to say no to irresponsible sexual behavior, given the heavy investment in their education by society.
Computer Studies Getting Popular With Teachers
By David Aduda, The Nation (Nairobi), 4 September 2000. Some 200 teachers completed information technology courses last week at the African Virtual University based at Kenyatta University. The course was started last year to equip teachers with skills to handle computer education in schools. Computer education is now an examinable subject at Form Four.
Initiative Set to Boost Literacy
The Daily Nation, 26 February 2001. A new bill in Parliament to streamline the operations of the Adult Education Board and ensure it expands adult literacy programs. The adult literacy programs are tottering on the brink of collapse due to the obsolete legislation, inadequate funding and shortage of teachers.
Varsities Lay Off 700 Workers
By Watoro Kamau, The Nation (Nairobi), 29 March 2001. Laid off were unionized workers such as cooks, copy typists, messengers, clerks, cleaners and groundsmen, causing work in some departments to almost grind to a halt. Part of the Public Sector Reform Programme aimed to direct university resources to core functions.