Kenyan Entertainment Industry Receives Boost as Performing Arts Becomes Compulsory in Education Curriculum

In a significant development for the Kenyan entertainment sector, Education Cabinet Secretary Ezekiel Machogu announced on Monday, April 15, that performing arts is now a mandatory component of the Competency Based Curriculum (CBC).

Addressing attendees at Kangaru Girls High School in Embu County during the Kenya National Drama and Music Festival, Mr. Machogu emphasized that performing arts will be integrated into the CBC, spanning from pre-primary to tertiary levels.

“We will even have learning materials in the CBC curriculum,” he assured.

Mr. Machogu underscored that every school will be required to participate in performing arts competitions, highlighting that it is no longer an optional activity but a core part of the educational framework.

“Performing arts is not optional, it is compulsory, and the government is taking the matter seriously,” he affirmed.

Recognizing the abundance of talent among Kenyan children in drama and music, Machogu stressed the importance of nurturing these talents with adequate support.

“We are investing heavily in performing arts to tap into the great potential we have in the country,” he remarked optimistically, adding that Kenyan youth possess the skills to excel even on international stages.

Commenting on the ongoing improvements in performance standards, Machogu expressed confidence in the abilities of Kenyan youth to achieve success in various competitions.

“The government is determined to ensure that the CBC succeeds for the benefit of the children and the progress of the country,” he asserted.

To support the implementation of the CBC, Machogu revealed plans to recruit an additional 20,000 teachers and expand classroom infrastructure in primary schools to accommodate junior secondary school learners.

A substantial budget allocation of Sh9 billion has been earmarked for infrastructure development this year, with funds to be channeled through the National Government Constituency Development Fund (NG-CDF).

Machogu reiterated the government’s commitment to ensuring a smooth implementation of the CBC, emphasizing its capacity to address challenges effectively.

The Kenya National Drama and Music Festival, attracting participation from over 23,000 learning institutions nationwide, is poised to showcase the burgeoning talent among Kenyan youth.

Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua will chair the event on Tuesday, followed by hosting by President William Ruto on April 18.

During the festival, attendees witnessed captivating performances from various schools, with Friends Kamusinga High School receiving a standing ovation for their outstanding drama presentation.

Students took the opportunity to express their concerns about academic pressure and the lack of leisure time, underscoring the need for a balanced educational experience.

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