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Published in CEMASTEA News Written by July 24 2017

Concerted efforts by the Ministry of Education through Centre for Mathematics, Science and Technology in Africa (CEMASTEA) to increase the uptake of mathematics and science subjects in the country was boosted by distribution of STEM equipment to the first batch of STEM schools.

 

 

Fred Matiang’i Cabinet Secretary for Ministry of Education is welcomed by Mr. Stephen Njoroge, Director CEMASTEA. The CS, was the chief guest during the launch of the 2nd batch of STEM schools and flagging off the STEM equipment for the 1st batch of STEM schools at CEMASTEA, Nairobi

 

Speaking at the ceremony, Mr. Stephen Njoroge, Director CEMASTEA, defined a STEM school as one that learners are interested in science, manages the resources that they have been provided with efficiently and one that has a program that encourages leaners to inculcate societal values. He further defined Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) as an interdisciplinary facet that provides students with a hands-on experience.  He urged principals to allow learners to interact with STEM equipment donated by the Ministry of Education or other partners.  

 

 

Stephen Njoroge Director CEMASTEA

Dr. Fred Matiang’i, Cabinet Secretary for Ministry of Education, who was the chief guest commissioned the launch of the second batch of STEM schools and flagged off the distribution of equipment for the first batch of STEM schools.

 

 

Dr. Fred Matiang’i flags off the STEM equipment for the first batch of STEM schools at the foreground is the Director Mr. Njoroge CEMASTEA and senior education officers

The CS, commended CEMASTEA for saving and purchasing STEM equipment worth thirty- two million shillings. He further directed two hundred and fifty-eight million shillings set aside for science equipment in his ministry to be channeled to the CEMASTEA to purchase additional equipment for schools. The CS added that the equipment he was launching would go a long way in alleviating some of the problems principals encounter due to lack of equipment.   

 

 

Dr. Fred Matiang’i hands over a list of items during the distribution of STEM equipment to Ms. Consolata Kimuya, Principal, Buruburu Girls High School at CEMASTEA

Dr. Matiang’i, challenged CEMASTEA to conduct monitoring and evaluation of the ninety-four schools that were being supported by the Ministry of Education and CEMASTEA and the impact they have within their communities.  

 

 

Dr. Fred Matiang’i Cabinet Secretary for Ministry of Education speaking at CEMASTEA during the launch of the second batch of STEM Schools

The equipment purchased will be used as teaching and learning of STEM subjects. Some of the items include Hoffmans apparatus, fractionating columns, voltmeters, Cathode Ray Oscilloscope (CRO), Binocular light microscopes, potometers, scientific calculators, mobile graph boards, set of mathematical shapes plus geoboard, LCD projectors, laptops and textbooks. Principals from the 1st batch of STEM schools were in hand to receive the equipment. This equipment will impact more than 43,000 learners across Kenya.

 

 

Nancy Nui, Dean of Mathematics, CEMASTEA (right) hands over STEM equipment to Mrs.Mary Principal Kapropita Girls High School

Published in CEMASTEA News Written by June 14 2017

CEMASTEA in conjunction with, e-Kitabu, TSC and KESSHA held a competition for the most innovative teacher who integrates ICT in teaching and learning. ICT Integrated Lesson Teacher of the Year Award (I-TOYA) held in Mombasa during the annual Kenya Secondary School Heads Association. The eight finalists were drawn from the eight regions namely; Nairobi, Coast region, Eastern region, North-Eastern region, Western region, Rift valley region, Central region and Nyanza region.

The Eight Regional Finalists

From left: Mr. Paul Mallo (Western), Appollo Justus (North Eastern), Mr. Paul Thairu (Central), Ms. Jemimmah Mutethya (Coast), Ms. Eunice Ruraa (Eastern), Mr. Harrison Onyango (Nairobi), James Okewa (Nyanza) and Mr. Harrison Agosa (Rift Valley)

 This was the first time the i-TOYA competition was being held at the national levels alongside Teacher of the Year Award (TOYA) and Principal of the Year Award (POYA). The regional winners were subjected to an aptitude test before making their presentations in the presence of honorable Dr. Richard Belio Kipsang, Principal Secretary Education, Ministry of Education Science and Technology.

Richard Belio Kipsang, PS Education dance alongside PS State Department of Vocational Training Ministry of Education Dr Dinah Mwinziand Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD) Director Dr. Julius Jwan.

The presentations were done interchangeably with the TOYA and POYA which took most part of the day. The PS Education, Dr. Richard Belio Kipsang applauded the winners for the far they have reached in the competition and encouraged other teachers to incorporate the use of ICT tools and skills in teaching and learning. The presentation attracted many teachers from schools all over Kenya and i-TOYA regional winner got positive reactions on the good work they are doing to integrate ICT in their lesson.

Mr. Will Clurman, Co-Founder & CEO of e-Kitabu, one of the sponsors compared i-TOYA to a baby that has been born and will soon be running seeing the turn out of the 2017 competition taking into consideration its first time the competition is being held.

Mr. Will Clurman, Co-Founder & CEO of e-Kitabu with the National i-TOYA winners

The winner of the i-TOYA was Mr. Paul Kamau Thairu from Loreto Kiambu, Central region, who was awarded a laptop and Kshs. 100,000, first runners up was Ms. Eunice M. Ruraa from Kyeni girls, Eastern region who was also awared a laptop and  Ksh. 70,000 and finally for second riunners up Mr. Paul Mallo Barasa, Lwanya secondary, western region was awarded a laptop and Kshs. 50,000.

 

From right: Mr. Paul Kamau Thairu, winner i-TOYA, Ms. Eunice M. Ruraa, First runners up and Mr. Paul Mallo Barasa, Second runners up.

 

Mr. Paul Kamau Thairu, the Winner of i-TOYA, 2017

 

                                   Ms. Eunice Ruraa, 1st Runners Up.                                                   Mr.Paul Mallo, 2nd Runners Up.

All the regional winners took home a Lenovo laptop, a gift bag and a regional trophy. The first i-TOYA 2017 competition started off very well and is planning for greater things years to come. Teachers are encouraged to register and participate for the upcoming i-TOYA 2018, and  most of all to integrate ICT in their classroom.

i-TOYA 2017 Regional Finalist with Staff 

Published in CEMASTEA News Written by June 30 2017

The event started on the 19th to 23rd June 2017 at Wild Waters, Mombasa.

In the spirit  of encouraging sharing innovations in schools, CEMASTEA supported three schools namely, Stephen Kositany  Secondary School , Lenana High School and Garden Estate Secondary School.

Mr Misoi Nicholas of Stephen Kositany Secondary School explaining to the Director CEMASTEA and other delegates how a Teaching Aid for the visually and hearing impaired in the topic; Trigonometric Ratios in Mathematics works.                                                   

   

 An innovation demonstrating Bernauli’s Principle in Physics by Mr Anthony Nzuki of Lenana High School.

 

 An innovation on Titration apparatus in Chemistry. A presentation by Garden Estate Secondary School.

 

 The Director, CEMASTEA and some members of staff listening to a Physics video presentation on improvised activities in Electrostatics

 

Other CEMASTEA Innovations include:

Branding in Chemistry; Preservation of Veins in Plants (Biology);Clip Motor in Physics; Patterns and 3-D models in Mathematics .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Published in CEMASTEA News Written by May 10 2017

The 5th Cohort for the training programme for National INSET 2017, commenced on May 8, 2017 at Centre for Mathematics Science and Technology Education in Africa (CEMASTEA).  

This year’s training programme targets secondary school mathematics and science teachers at national level who double up as educators and trainers. The targeted participants for this session are hundred and eighty-six drawn from 6 counties, namely Machakos, Homabay, Elgeyo Marakwet, Mandera, Kirinyaga and Laikipia whose teaching experience is 14-20 years.

The Secondary Programme coordinator Mr. John Makanda, represented the Director of CEMASTEA. He appreciated the participants for their presence and taking part in cascading the training at the county level. He reiterated the theme of this year which is “Enhancing Effective Learner Involvement through Inquiry Based Learning”. He further emphasized the important role Inquiry Based Learning will play in the new curriculum which will be competency based.

The Chief Guest; D. Lucy. A. Wakiaga

The Chief Guest, Dr. Lucy. A. Wakiaga, a senior Lecturer and the M.Ed. Program Leader, School of Education/CTIE, Tangaza University College, challenged the participants on how best to help the rebellious students. She defined a rebellious student as one who does not conform to the classroom standards and practices. This student provides a challenge and an opportunity for the teachers to identify what it is that the student is good at and encourage him/her to unleash his/her potential. Hitherto that, Dr. Wakiaga implored the participants to focus on the rebellious students and build healthy relationships with them. She later declared the training officially opened.

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This is a continuation of the INSET training which commenced in February and will conclude in June, 2017

 

Published in CEMASTEA News Written by November 22 2016

NOVEMBER, 22 – 24, 2016 (NAIROBI-KENYA)

The Conference with the theme ; “Innovative classroom practices in mathematics, science, and technology education towards improved outcomes” started with a resounding performance by PRIMAC Walimu Theaters, a group of teachers  from different regions in Kenya as directed by Madam Charity Muraguri a tutor from Thogoto TTC.

 

African Dances

 

 Mr Stephen Njoroge SMASE Africa Executive Secretary,Kenya and also the Director CEMASTEA welcomes all the guests to the conference

 
 
Mr Benson Banda President, SMASE Africa addresses the conference delegates

 

 

 

Published in CEMASTEA News Written by November 18 2016

The Centre for Mathematics, Science and Technology education (CEMASTEA)  conducted a study to understand the process of selection of science subjects (i.e., biology, chemistry and physics) at Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) and factors influencing the selection in one of the counties in Kenya. The study involved principals of selected schools in the county, careers' masters and mistresses in the schools as well as science teachers and Form Three students. A total of 23 principals, 23 careers masters/mistress, 70 science teachers and 1081 Form Three students participated in the study.  Data were collected from teachers and students through questionnaires and one-one interviews with principals and careers masters/mistress.

The findings of the study showed that:

  • All the students who participated in this study take chemistry, 85% take biology and only 38% take physics. These findings are consistent with the statistics available from the Kenya National Examination Council (KNEC) on the candidature in these subjects. In most of the schools, students were not given opportunities to decide the science subjects to study. Rather, the subjects were taken based on what most principals and careers masters/mistresses referred to as "school policies" bluntly stated, "chemistry is compulsory in this school" or "chemistry and biology are compulsory" . Such “policies” left students with no option but abide.

 

  • In some of the schools, students were asked to take no more than two science subjects. This was ensured through timetabling where two of the science subjects (i.e., biology and physics) were taught at the same time thereby inhibiting students from taking both subjects. Indeed, five schools were found not to have presented any candidates in physics at KCSE in 2-3 years preceding this study even when they had presented candidates in other subjects. Further examination of the data revealed that the students preferred to be left to decide the science subjects they would like to study and even some yearned for opportunities to study more than two science subjects where they were limited to taking only two science subjects.

 

  • A number of factors were found to be influencing some schools to navigate away from physics as follows: 
    • Careers- most principals and careers masters stated that careers in science-related fields require chemistry.
    • Resources- in some schools, inadequate resources especially laboratories, equipment and materials were cited as reasons for fewer students in physics.
    • Personnel especially teachers- in terms of number and personal characteristics. For example, it was noted that some teachers discouraged students from taking physics.
    • Performance in mathematics and physics- in some schools, it was noted that if students were perceived to be performing poorly in physics and/or mathematics, they would not be allowed to take physics.

 

These findings have implications for the attainment of goals of science and by extension Vision 2030. The low enrolment of students in physics may mean that the ability of some students to understand the natural world involving ideas in physics is greatly hampered. Consequently, getting a critical mass of human capital with sound understanding of physics concepts which, is requisite to economic and technological development, is negatively affected.    

 

To mitigate this challenge, the Ministry of Education (MOE), needs to put in place a mechanism for sustained monitoring of schools for purposes of determining the level of implementation of MOE guidelines on selection of science subjects. In addition, CEMASTEA needs to sensitise science teachers and principals on their role in guiding students in the selection of science subjects. The MOE and/or BOM as is appropriate need to provide adequate resources to schools to enhance effective teaching and learning of all science subjects.

Published in CEMASTEA News Written by September 28 2016

A colourful opening ceremony was recently held to kick off the ''Cultural Night'' at CEMASTEA; graced by TCTP 2016 participants from different region of Africa which included; Tanzania, Lesotho, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Malawi, Swaziland and Uganda.

  

                                                                                Opening dance

The MC Madam Priscilla Ombati started of the ceremony by welcoming everyone to the occasion and introduced the President of the programme, Madam Nesakya Juliet from Uganda who was very grateful on behalf of the participant for the warm stay at CEMASTEA and the efficient training they received form the national trainers.

   

          Madam Priscilla Ombati, CEMASTEA                                    Madam Nesakya Juliet from Uganda

                                                                                           (President of the TCTP Secondary programme)

The sugiyama hall was packed with an enthusiastic audience who enjoyed dances from various communities; the audience didn’t hesitate to join in the dances with occasional burst of laughter and cheering. The participants displayed their talent and well vast knowledge of their cultures and traditions.

   

                                                                  BOTSWANA CULTURAL DANCE

  

                                                                     LESOTHO CULTURAL DANCE

 

                                                                     MALAWI CULTURAL DANCE

  

                                                                     NAMIBIA CULTURAL DANCE


                                                                   SWAZILAND CULTURAL DANCE

 

                                                                    ZIMBABWE CULTURAL DANCE


                                                                    TANZANIA CULTURAL DANCE

 

                                                                     UGANDA CULTURAL DANCE

In addition, a cultural exhibition of traditional items was show cased which were exchanged among different people who attended the event as gifts.

   

  

                                                                       Exchange of gifts photos

The cultural night lasted for about 2 hours, with music and drama performances staged by Third Country Training participants and finally ended with a traditional song led by Mr. Paul Lomosi, CEMASTEA. To top up the night, delicacies from different cultures were served and enjoyed late into the night.

Mr. Lomosi leading a luhya song'Mukangala'

 

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