Secondary school education for girls in Kenya: the need for a more science-based curriculum to enhance women's greater participation in development
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The paper outlines the important role women have and continue to play in agriculture, health, co-operatives and informal sector activities. It then looks at the educational opportunities available to them and particularly in the field of science and technology. Data is provided which indicates shortcomings in this field. The paper then argues for concerted efforts to improve the access of girls to quality science education especially at the secondary school level and thereby uplift the scientific literacy and skills of women. While the paper argues for continued attention to factors which initially hinder access of girls to formal education, it recommends increased focus on what goes on within the education system. The quality, diversity and effectiveness of curriculum offered at all levels of the schooling system should therefore be a matter of critical concern. Stress should be given to quality science curriculum not only to improve the competitiveness of women in formal sector opportunities but much more so to enhance their masterly of scientific and technological knowledge and skills necessary for participation in various spheres of development.
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Kinyanjui, Kabiru(1988) Secondary school education for girls in Kenya: the need for a more science-based curriculum to enhance women's greater participation in development. Working paper no. 459, Nairobi: Institute for Development Studies, University of Nairobi