, NAIROBI Kenya, Sep 20 – President Uhuru Kenyatta has reiterated his commitment to grow the country’s economy through various development projects undertaken by his government.
The Head of State says he will work to ensure his government transforms service delivery to Kenyans as outlined in his Jubilee manifesto.
“Economic acceleration lies at the core of my vision of national transformation and I feel even further challenged to hasten the alignment of my government’s commitments towards that platform and to discipline it at every level to bring accountability to Kenyans at every level,” he stated.
Speaking when he presided over the 29th graduation ceremony at Moi University, he also announced plans to escalate funds to the education sector in a bid to improve the country’s education standards.
During the ceremony, he was conferred with an Honorary Degree for exemplary service since taking over leadership in April by the university.
The Head of State said his administration recognises education to be the indispensable pillar of the country development aspirations.
“My administration recognises education to be the indispensable pillar of our development aspirations. We have pledged, and are working hard, to expand access to, and at the same time raise the standard of education in Kenya,” he said.
He says the government is working to achieve and maintain basic school enrolment at 100 percent and to raise transition to Secondary and tertiary and university level.
Each of the initiatives I have enumerated has the immediate impact of raising Kenya’s education and varsity ranking, both regionally and globally.
“We have promised to knock down financial and non-financial barriers hindering access and quality of education. At the same time, Government will increase the amount of funding available to the education sector as a whole.”
He assured that the Government will facilitate universities so as to accommodate more students while urging students to put more efforts in their studies.
He explained; “You will be happy to note that each of the initiatives I have enumerated has the immediate impact of raising Kenya’s education and varsity ranking, both regionally and globally.”
“Kenya is a natural leader; we want to wear our mandate comfortably. The Jubilee Coalition intends to accelerate and integrate all efforts calculated at making Kenya competitive.”
The President revealed that an open university for Kenya will be established by December, 2014 to enable students to enrol through distance and e-learning, and Universities of Technology will be doubled to secure Kenya’s competitiveness and innovation in ICT.
He indicated that children starting school next year will, under the laptop programme, will benefit from a curriculum that prepares them early for innovation and creation.
The President also disclosed that the Universities Fund under the Universities Act 2012 will be operationalised to improve funding to public and private universities.
He said the Research Fund, currently standing at 0.4 percent of the GDP, will be increased to 2 percent of the GDP.
He said under the Jubilee Coalition all efforts will be integrated to make Kenya competitive, saying the pledge is consistent with Vision 2030’s Social Pillar of ‘Investing in Kenyans’.