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ERIC Number: ED479092
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Mar
Pages: 14
Abstractor: N/A
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The Quest for Education in Post Colonial Kenya: My Personal Experiences.
Mungai, Anne M.
This paper recounts the personal and educational experiences of a Kenyan woman now living in the United States. The paper relates her misfortune of failing the primary school national examination, which meant that she would not be admitted to a government high school. It discusses education during the British colonial period in Kenya and traces her passage through a Catholic boarding school with 300 students from all walks of life. The paper describes the woman's life in the United States where she attended graduate school. The education system in Kenya is described, giving the historical background of the traditional Kenyan system, and noting the beginning of modern western education in Kenya. It also considers the education of females in Kenya. After Kenyan independence, education was seen as a vehicle to train more human resources to enhance economic development; distribute national income; bring national unity; and ameliorate national disparities. The paper states that Kenya defines the objectives of education as follows. Education must:(1) serve to foster national unity; (2) serve the needs of national development; (3) foster, develop, and communicate the rich and varied cultures of Kenya; (4) prepare and equip the youth of Kenya with expertise to play an effective role in the life of the nation; (5) promote social justice and morality by instilling right attitudes; and (6) foster positive attitudes towards other nations. It concludes by discussing primary (elementary) education in Kenya. (BT)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Kenya