University of Nairobi Council signs Performance Contract with the Government.

The University of Nairobi Council, led by the Chairperson, Dr. Julia Ojiambo signed the 2018/2019 Performance Contract with the Government.

Speaking during the signing ceremony, Ambassador, Dr. Amina Mohammed, Cabinet Secretary,  Ministry of Education Science and Technology,  urged institutions of higher learning to incorporate the Big Four Agenda of the Government in the fifth performance contract cycle. The Big Four Agenda include; affordable housing, manufacturing, food security and universal healthcare. Institutions of higher learning which includes universities and technical colleges are expected to produce the much needed human capital that will ensure the success of the Big Four.

“The education sector has a mandate to develop human capital, highly skilled manpower and to integrate STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). The objective of the PC is to measure the performance against international practices. “Your duty is to develop a critical mass of expertise needed for the Big 4 agenda”, she said. The highlights of the 2018/2019 PC include; curriculum reforms, quality and relevance of education, integration of STEM courses, integration of people with special needs, revision of the strategic plans to fit the Big 4 agenda.

Amb. Amina took the opportunity to congratulate Kenya National Examinations Council, KNEC, for the job well done in ensuring the integrity of exams both at the primary and secondary levels of education.  She added further that the Ministry of Education is working on programs to ensure smooth transition of students.

In her concluding remarks, Amb. Amina urged government agencies and departments to ensure prudent use of resources, to pursue other sources of revenue and to have internal conflict resolution mechanisms to ensure that conflicts don’t derails the good work that is happening. “We shall support you”, she said.

The Education Cabinet Secretary was accompanied by Dr.  Richard Belio Kipsang, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education Science and Technology, who observed that expectations must be delivered. “Kenyans have high expectations on you and we are looking upon you to deliver it. Remember what gets measured gets done, hence the need for the performance contract”, he said.

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