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Shirikisho Party of Kenya, P.O. Box 84648-GPO 80100 Mombasa Office, Githere Plaza, first floor Haile-Selassie Avenue.


The Problem.
In spite of the declaration against poverty, ignorance and disease back in 1963 the situation has not changed as much. Most per-school children do not go to pre-school due to lack of policy on the provision of early childhood education and it’s enforcement. At primary school level free primary education declared in 2003 seemed doomed to fail as was the case in similar initiative way back in 1974. Many children still do not go to school, having dropped out for one or more reasons. There are many inhibitions to the participation of children in this early childhood education, including costs beyond the ability of most parents, inadequate resources and facilities to accommodate the large numbers of  school going children such as buildings, desks, books and teachers. This has led to over-enrolment and lack of effective learning hence poor education.


In addition, our education system is different from those of many countries making it difficult for our students to access higher education abroad. Our system is not clearly defined, as there is no clear policy on education. Is it technical or theoretical in its orientation, or both? The examination system is aimed at reducing the number of students qualifying for higher education. It is not intended at testing their understanding.


Education has become a lucrative business with many private individuals investing in it by operating educational institutions. Many of these are below standard and provide poor services. This has increased the cost of education. The situation is worse for secondary and higher education where entry is difficult due to high cutoff points. There are also problems of rising school indiscipline and violence. The school curriculum is not relevant to students’ post-school needs. It is getting more and more

1. According to the report o the National Conference on Equity and Growth “Towards a policy Agenda for Kenya” Prepared by society for International Development, African Women and Child feature services. Action Aid International Kenya and Swedish International Development cooperation Agency of August 2006 States that there are 17,000 primary schools which translate into 70-odd students per teacher which is well above the recommended 40 students per teacher.


difficult to get university education and more important to acquire the skills needed to a job. There are still provinces within one single university in our country.
The education curriculum is mostly based on theory and not practical. The government should implement an education policy aimed at changing the attitude of youth people towards learning. There is need to improve educational facilities at all levels of education. There should be mechanism to identify the talents of the students in extra-curriculum activities like sports to enable the youth advance their talents, knowledge and attitude in order to tackle or approach life positively. Subjects that are relevant to the current living styles ought to be included in National educational curriculum.

The government has failed to educate it’s citizen o the importance of children going to school. Education officers just sit in their offices without mapping out a synthesation action plan. Many students do not get an opportunity to proceed with further education due to lack of adequate educational facilities thereby the little knowledge obtained by them is wasted and cannot be usefully applied. The curriculum is over burdened with the inclusion of many subjects in the curriculum making students unable to cope or concentrate effectively. Lack of universities and National schools or colleges in some of the Regions deny talented students opportunities to advance in education especially those financial ability is inadequate. Poor teaching or learning or learning methods has also contributed to the poor educational standards.
The cost of buying textbooks is another big problem to parents as syllabus keeps on changing every day. Students are force to wake up very early in the mornings and leave school very late in the evenings leaving them with no time to rest their mind. Teachers’ salaries are still very low. This has reduce their morale affecting the standards of education. It has also opened up the growth of private educational institutions that exploit the parents in fees. Many qualified teachers opt to teach in the private schools causing a shortage of teachers in public schools.


Policy Vision.
We envision an educational system that gives equal opportunities for every Kenyan to pursue his or her abilities and dreams, that ensures more equal distribution of educational institutions, facilities and recourses to all Kenyans, that guarantees that high quality education is accessible to all regardless of their gender, ability, ethnicity, faith and social status, that ensures devolution of the management, administration and curriculum development.  A system that introduces Kiswahili as a language of instruction in schools.

Shirikisho will:

1. Introduce an amendment bill to put in place provisions guarantying early childhood education.

2. Ensure that all day-care centers are part of the primary schools they are attached to.

3. Remove all inhibitions, for example, cultural believes and gender discrimination that hinder the children from accessing and completing their primary education.

4. Provide free education in primary and secondary schools.

5. Establish a bursary fund for the needy students in colleges and universities.

6. Building more educational facilities to provide enough learning spaces to accommodate all students.


2. For example, incorporating pre-primary education as part of the Kenya Educational system. Formulate compulsory feeding programmers in pre-primary and lower primary level.


7. Develop a curriculum which is relevant to the local needs so that illustrations are drawn from local case studies which ring true to students while also feeding into prospects for their employment and national development.

8. Establish a university in each Region that offers courses relevant to the dominant resources and economic activities of the said Regions.

9. Promote high discipline in schools and eliminate all factors that lead to disruptive behavior including the use of drugs.

10. Create more educational facilities or centre’s to facilitate learning in order to capture the dreams of the young people.

11. Strengthen extra-curricular activities like sports for purposes of developing the talents of the students.

12. Introduce an effective monitoring and evaluating system to continuously review the sectors performance which will include the enhancement of the teachers’ welfare.

13. To ensure that the management, administration and curriculum development is devolved to the Regions.