The Cabinet Secretary for Education, Dr. Fred Matiang’i has directed that the Ministry evaluates the impact of the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Model Schools Program on teaching and learning of maths and science in secondary schools.
He made the call when he commissioned placement of 47 schools on the programme at Centre for Mathematics, Science and Technology Education in Africa (CEMASTEA) yesterday.
The Cabinet Secretary was flanked by the Principal Secretary for Education, Dr. Belio Kipsang, the Acting Director General, Mr. Robert Masese and the Director, CEMASTEA, Mr. Stephen Njoroge.
The Program, which started with a similar number of schools, last year, aims promoting interest among students of STEM related disciplines. The overall objective is to bridge the gap between demand and supply of STEM related skills in Kenya.
Dr. Matiang’i said that the government ought to establish whether the programme is improving the pedagogical capacities of Teachers involved in STEM subjects and whether it has improved the acceptability and performance of learners in Mathematics, and science subjects.
Selected schools receive equipment that is crucial to the effective teaching and learning of STEM subjects.
Dr. Matiang’i has always expressed concerns that only 22% of students undertaking university education in Kenya pursue courses in STEM compared to 70% of students in Asian Tigers such as South Korea and Singapore.
The programme is part of government efforts to address the skewed interest of students between STEM and social science and humanities disciplines in higher education