The successful administration of the national examinations was perhaps one of the most outstanding achievements of Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed, who now takes up the Sports ministry.
Appointed into the Education Ministry in January last year, Dr Amina immediately put in place measures that ensured no examination was leaked in primary and secondary examinations.
Kenyans have acknowledged this exceptional execution by listing the 2018 exercise as one of the most efficient in the examinations’ three-year reform history.
The success in the Ministry of Education cannot go unnoticed, even with the change of guard.
Notably, Amina took over from Interior CS Fred Matiang’i and pledged to sustain the momentum for reform in the Education sector, and true to her word, has worked hard to fulfill her promises.
In 2018, the ministry recorded an improvement in examination administration, formulated, launched and operationalised disaster preparedness policy and worked towards the presidential directive on 100 per cent transition.
In January 2019, Amina commenced a rigorous process to guarantee 100 per cent transition from primary to secondary education and the roll-out and implementation of the Competence-Based Curriculum (CBC), a process she was deeply committed to.
The 100 per cent transition, which to some seemed impossible, has yielded a 93 per cent transition rate, the highest in the history of the Ministry of Education.
Amina led the quality assurance team at the ministry to monitor the implementation of the CBC and, as promised, completed and submitted the CBC anchoring Sessional Paper to Parliament, which has adopted and given it Sessional Paper Number 1/2019.
She completed the Curriculum Policy, which outlines the entire roll-out process. Amina also ensured the CBC implementation plans for Grade 4 and all the requisite books were ready for the second year of implementation.
She oversaw the conclusion of the new 2-6-3-3-3 syllabus piloting process and its national roll-out to early grade classes.
It is during her tenure that the ministry successfully hosted the Sixth African Higher Education Week and ROFURUM Biennial Conference in October last year, and the Pan African Conference Education in April the same year.