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By T. O. Eisemon

Stories of the retention of literacy and numeracy by way of adults who've in basic terms got basic education have given little encouragement to the assumption that the cognitive results of education are enduring for plenty of college leavers. How those findings could be reconciled with the claims made for the significance of education as an device of social and fiscal switch is the topic ofinvestigation during this quantity. The cognitive results of literacy acqusition and secular faculties in coastal Kenya are the focal point of this ethnographic learn, which stresses the relevance of a global knowing of the actual difficulties and dilemmas that face the tutorial platforms of person international locations.

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8 + 4 + 4? In early 1984, the government moved to implement the Working Party's recommendations relating to primary education. Ministry of Education officials, who for many years had assumed that any revision of the primary cycle would be in the direction of the two stage, nine year program proposed by the National Committee on Educational Objectives and Policies (NCEOP) in 1976, were now asked to make preparations for an eight year program that was more vocational in orientation (NCEOP, 1976).

They were to be mainly responsible for primary and secondary education. Whatever further education might be required locally would be provided by the colonial governments of East Africa (Sheffield, 1973,21). The state retained residual responsibility at the primary and secondary levels. In Kenya a school was established for Europeans in Nairobi in 1904 and by the early 1920s operated five schools for Europeans, two for Asians, and seven for Africans, four of these located in coastal districts (Mambo, 1980,109).

9. 10. 11. 12. Mother Tongue English Kiswahili Mathematics Science and Agriculture History Geography Arts & Crafts Music Physical Ed. Home Science Religious Ed. /wk. /wk. /wk. /wk. /wk. /wk. /wk. /wk. /wk. — TOTAL 30 30 30 30 30 45 4-8 5 6 7 6 3 2 2 2 1 3 of of of of of — of of of of of — 30 30 30 30 30 30 30 40 30 30 — 9 5 8 2 3 3 2 1 3 2 of of of of of — of of of of of 35 35 35 40 40 35 40 40 40 40 — 1 of 30 4 of 35 40* 40* 46* Source: Ministry of Education, 1984. •Includes extra periods for review.

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