The Kenya National Music Festival is set to begin this week in Kisumu city.
President William Ruto will be in Kisumu this weekend to grace the opening ceremony of this important school event.
Dr Ruto is also expected to meet and interact with other local leaders at Kisumu state lodge after a church service at CITAM.
The 94th national music festival will be held at Maseno University, Kisumu County, from September 16-23, with the State concert being held on September 24, at Kisumu State Lodge.
Music festivals just like other co-curricular resumed in schools after a two-year break occasioned by Covid-19.
In a circular to regional, county and sub-county secretaries, Education Principal Secretary Julius Jwan said the government had allowed resumption of co-curricular activities in learning institutions.
“The Ministry of Education in consultation with key stakeholders has decided that co-curricular activities resume fully in all basic learning institutions. In Term Two, 2022, primary and secondary school sports and music will be activated,” said Jwan.
He said co-curriculum activities play a crucial role in the well-being of learners, and urged schools and teacher training colleges to prepare for them adequately.
The PS said the Kenya Science and Engineering Fair and drama competitions will be held in term one of 2023.
Acting KMF Executive Secretary Janet Langat said music directors will use the 2021 syllabus to attract extra classes in line with this year’s theme, ‘Kenya My Pride, My Future.’
“I wish to inform you that we shall be using the 2021 KMF syllabus and set pieces during this year’s festival; however, some additional set pieces will be communicated to you in the week,” said Langat.
She said dates for all other preliminary festivals will be communicated by the respective education directors. “More information on the festival will follow in due course. Schools are therefore advised to start training their teams,” she said.
The music festival is an annual event that identifies and nurtures artistic talent.