NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 12 – Deputy President William Ruto has asked Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha and his ICT counterpart Joe Mucheru to formulate a framework for the promotion of the local film industry within a month.
Ruto who represented President Uhuru Kenyatta at the Sixtieth Edition Kenya National Drama and Film Festival in Kibabii University said the industry has a potential of creating 500,000 job opportunities if properly harnessed.
“Why are we exporting great opportunities to other countries with the kind of talents we see? Ladies and gentlemen we have to fix this and do so as a matter of agency. The entertainment industry has the potential to employ between 300,000 to 500,000 Kenyans,” he said during the function on Friday.
Ruto commended 280 teachers who trained teams that participated in the annual event promising to host them for a round-table meeting at his Karen residence next week to discuss challenges facing the drama and film programs in schools.
The DP said the government had moved the Kenya Film and Classification Board to the Ministry of ICT to streamline coordination.
Ruto directed the Communication Authority of Kenya (CA) to invest in the creative industry to foster economic growth.
“I recently had a conversation with CA and they told me they wanted to put up a hotel and I wonder how. Hotels can be built by so many people including yours truly. Let’s use the resources we have to develop talent instead.”
Speaking at the festival, the newly appointed Education Cabinet Secretary promised to closely monitor the ongoing rollout of 100 per cent transition policy from primary to secondary schools.
The ex-Kenya National Examination Council Chairperson said he will spare no efforts in ensuring education institutions offer quality education as provided for under the Teachers Service Commission and ministry guidelines.
“Judiciously we shall give you, Your Excellency, value for money. I’m going to ask my people that all I need for you to do is to be available at work,” Magoha promised.
“I’m going to visit schools and I don’t want to be mate; I want to come quietly like a submarine because that’s how I’ll know if children are being taught as they should be taught,” he said.
Magoha also promised to ensure the successful implementation of the Competency Based Curriculum (CBC).
“I want to know that CBC is taught the way it ought to be taught. I’ll monitor the 100 per cent transition policy so that when there’s a problem I’m going to tell you promptly what the issue is,” he said.