Education: A Look at Programmes of the Kenyan Socialists.
As i promised i have been going through the programme put forward by the Kenyan Socialists and while i agree with some issues, others are plainly wack. The advocating for free education in all levels is a welcome sign though i would like to know this will be funded. Compulsory education is another welcome factor and so is increase in spending in education.
But my main bone of contention lies with some ideas proposed that don't seem to be real. For one, eliminating private schools. The introduction of a curriculum committe is an attempt to brainwash the student ....Telling people what they should learn..> and not allowing them choices. Hell no!!! I don't want to be forced to read what the establishment thinks is right. I want to read what i think is appropriate for me any given day. I want to learn about Marx, Socrates, Plato, Karl Popper, Dickens e.t.c. I want to be well rounded in what i read and not get stuck into a pre-set sychronized motion.
Private schools are there to cater for those who have specific beliefs and ideologies. All my life i have been to schools where i belived that my beliefs could be accomodated. Or should i say i have been to Catholic schools? Thats where i have found what my beliefs are accomodated and there is no pressure on my part to change my values.
Others go to private schools to get an international experience...the AP experience e.t.c. What the socialist is trying to tell us is that this is not supposed to happen and we should all be equal...which would be a tremendous achievement to achive. Thats why i vote against this notion...I belive in my Catholic education experience and what i have learnt has made me who i am today.
The issue of language is a thorny issue. Having been to school with Tanzanians, i know what it means to be taught in Swahili for almost your entire life. Those i have met had a hard time coping up in Sciences , English e.t.c. In this world you need to learn a language that connects everybody and English is one of them..For you hard trekkers Mandarin might be an option since Russian is a killer(trust me...the only world i never forget in nyet). I think government has no say in the education process. They should not be allowed to dictate what is to be taught...we need separation of education and the State. 8-4-4 is still an excellent education system. What we need is to revisit the issue and make it workable. Changes are not neccesarily an inclination of better things to happen. So to Osewe and Onyangoo on education i give you guys 30%. You need to change your radical reforms.