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Esther Nyambura

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

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 

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 .















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.

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


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