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Government unveils first coding syllabus for primary and secondary schools in Kenya


The Kenyan government through the Ministry of ICT has officially unveiled the coding and computer programming syllabus for public schools in the country. 

The syllabus will be implemented in partnership with education technologies firm, Kodris Africa across the country in primary and secondary schools under the Kenya National Digital Master plan 2022-2032. It will be applied in conjunction with the Ministry of Education and the ICT Authority through the Digital Literacy Programme (DLP). 

Speaking during the unveiling, ICT CS Joe Mucheru hailed the new coding syllabus as a game-changer saying it will enable schools to produce future computer coding experts. 

“This is a great day for the country, especially for our children who will now have the opportunity to learn coding and computer programming at an early age. The world is changing and everyone is going digital and Kenya will not be left behind as the globe goes digital,” he said.

The new coding syllabus by Kodris Africa was approved by the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD) on April 19. 

Mr Mucheru, also added that the implementation of the Digital Literacy Programme that’s ongoing in public schools will be enhanced further with the new coding syllabus. 

“We have already distributed more than 1.2 million laptops for learners in public schools in Kenya as well as connected electricity to more than 22,000 schools and the initiative is ongoing to capture all schools as we go digital. So far we are doing well and with this new coding syllabus the Digital Literacy Programme will be enhanced,” added Mucheru.  

Kodris Africa Chairman Mr Mwanki Munuhe encouraged schools and parents to quickly adopt the coding curriculum as a way of preparing their children to face future computer technologies. 

“Let’s prepare our children for the future world and any child who is not grounded on technology will suffer in the future. Technology is the currency of the future,” Mwaniki said.

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Nixon Kanali

Tech journalist based in Nairobi. I track and report on tech, business and African startups. Founder and Editor For TechTrendsKE. Nixon is also the East African tech editor for Africa Business Communities. Send tips to nkanali@techtrendske.co.ke.

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