Government Endorse Essay Competitions in new Education Curriculum


The education ministry plans to endorse essay writing competitions to encourage all Grade 6 and 7 pupils to participate.

Education Cabinet Secretary Ezekiel Machogu said the government will encourage all Grade 6 and 7 pupils to participate in it anytime when it’s rolled out.

He said it not only aligns with the competency-based curriculum (CBC) agenda but it is also an opportunity for students to enhance their writing skills, learn new things, and gain recognition beyond a classroom grade.

Machogu added that the Sawa  Essay writing competition is an excellent example of such an environment.

The remarks were contained in a speech read on his behalf by Quality Assurance Assistant Director in Education ministry Eilud Wambua during the awarding ceremony for the 2nd national edition of Sawa Essay writing competition held at Pwani Oil Kikambala plant in Kilifi south constituency, Kilifi county. The company is in partnership with Kenya Primary Schools Heads Association [KEPSHA] in the annual competition.

The CS pointed out the competition provides a platform for students to showcase their writing skills and creative thinking and to develop a love for writing.

Machogu said the competition is the kind of environment that will help the  students grow and become well-rounded individuals who can contribute positively to society.

He added the  competition is an excellent example of such an environment with the ministry committed to creating a safe environment for all stakeholders to thrive, from the school children to parents and partners.

“We will continue improving the quality of education under the Kenya Kwanza administration,” he vowed.

The CS   disclosed the  launch of the Essay Competition is a plus to the education sector adding  the competition will ensure pupils do not live a miserable life.

Machogu called for urgent need to scale up the competition to the next  level.

He said the government is committed to work with the organisers of the competition to enhance  the standards of education  in the country.         

“The competition is an indicator of the company’s commitment in partnering with the government to improve the education sector,” he pointed out.

On his part, Director at Pwani Oil Products Limited Rajul Malde said since its inauguration the competition is testimony to the power of education in the country.

He assured the government they are ready to engage in more national activities of similar agenda.

“Both the ministry and the company have vested interest to sponsor educational activities,” he pointed out.

KEPSHA National Chairperson Matheka Nzioka said the association will be marking the 20th anniversary in engaging in strategic partnerships as part  and  parcel of their achievement.

He assured the company they are ready to showcase the best essay competition in the county during future events. 

“This gesture will not  only promote knowledge sharing among our schools  but also advocate for more participation during next year’s contest,” he pointed out.

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