KENYANS AND THE WORLD –Message from the Dean:
Prof. Fatuma Chege
Dean School of Education
From the humble beginnings of a relatively small university college in the 1970s that had only 200 education students, the School of Education (SoE) has grown tremendously. It stands as the largest School with an enrolment of more than 30,000 registered students out of the University’s 74,000 who take different programmes in the 14 teaching schools of Kenyatta University (KU). The School attracts a sizeable proportion of students from outside Kenya, in the African Region and beyond. These include countries such as Ghana, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Turkey, Japanese, Canada and the USA, to mention but a few, some of them taking components of while others register as full-time students depending on the nature of the Memorandums of Understanding between their home institutions and KU.
The enormous growth in student population is based on the School’s popularity that is attributed to the tradition of quality education programmes. The programmes are offered through its seven (7) professional departments namely Educational Foundations; Educational Communication and Technology; Educational Psychology; Educational Management, Policy and Curriculum Studies; Special Needs Education; Early Childhood Studies as well as Department of Library and Information Science. With total of 156 highly qualified and experienced academic staff and nearly 100 support staff, the Dean operationalized activities of the School with the assistance of an Associate Dean whose core responsibility is to help in proper management of examinations. Soon the University will concretise its plan to construct a modern Education Building as part of the on-going infrastructural development aimed at responding to the vibrant growth already being experienced.
Quality assurance of our programme is major part of the Schools’ activity that takes the form of periodic reviews and feedback from students. Annually, in any given graduation ceremony, the School graduates than one third of total graduands, thus confirming the key role it plays in enhancing the education workforce, locally and internationally, many of who graduate with doctoral degrees and are most marketable. The School has continued to contribute substantively to the development of the Kenyan educational sector through staff participation in national education workshops and taskforces. Our staff has also been exemplary in embracing capacity development in use of innovative pedagogies, new education and communication technologies as well as strengthening examination processes where comparatively large numbers of students are involved. The majority of staff have been intensely involved in educational research in partnership with global partners; attending and hosting international learned conferences; publishing research papers and books, as well thus participating in other modes of global cross-fertilisation and generation of ideas and methodologies that are relevant to the education discipline. This will clearly enhance professional vibrancy in producing human resource that will continue to serve the Education Sector. In this context, our School a valid reason to be extremely jubilant at this moment in the history of our nation, Kenya, in its 50th year after political independence. As a School, we continue to embrace principles of governance and endeavour to always demonstrate professionalism while enthusiastically advancing our vision and mission in the service to humanity through the discipline of Education.
Vision Statement: To be a globally competitive hub in the preparation of professional educationalists, mentors and researchers for enhancement of the welfare of humanity.
Mission Statement: To provide exemplary leadership in providing transformative skillsbased quality education via quality participatory learning; conducting development research that leads to innovation and new knowledge and offering opportunities for lifelong learning that benefits individuals and communities.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 January 2017 08:32