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Kenya thanks US government for education partnerships

Education Cabinet Secretary (CS), Ezekiel Machogu, has expressed Kenyan Government appreciation to the Government of the United States of America (USA) for providing opportunities for Kenyans seeking higher education in the country.

Machogu said some of the students who get “A” grades in the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examination, get admission in the best universities in the USA, while many others travelled to the country on a Green Card.

The students and the Kenyans on Green Card have transformed the lives of their families and through the education and remittances, they respectively make back to Kenya, the CS observed.

He made the remarks when the US Ambassador to Kenya, Margaret Whitman, paid him a courtesy call in his Jogoo House office, Nairobi, yesterday.

In attendance were Principal Secretary (PS) for State Department of Basic Education, Dr. Belio Kipsang and his counterparts in the State Department of University Education and Research, Dr. Beatrice Inyangala and that of Technical and Vocational Training, Dr.  Esther Muhoria.

Machogu said the Government was undertaking education reforms affecting Basic Education and in Tertiary and University Education and asked for support to make the reforms successful.

He acknowledged that the Tusome (Early Grade Reading) programme, had provided the foundations for the Competence Based Curriculum (CBC) education reforms.

In her reply, Ambassador Whitman said the USA government was committed to the partnership with the Government of Kenya in various sectors of the country’s economy.

She assured that the USA government will continue working on critical aspects of Basic Education, TVET and Higher Education, to strengthen and improve the quality of education and training for students across the country.

By Joseph Ng’ang’a

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