Kenyan primary schools will from 2020 begin teaching the Chinese language, the government has said.
Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD) Chief Executive Julius Jwan says the move aims at improving the learners' job competitiveness and boost ties with China.
Jwan further says that the design and scope of the Chinese syllabus are ready and will be rolled out from 2020. Speaking to Xinhua news agency, Jwan says pupils from grade four (aged 10) and onwards will be able to take Chinese lessons from next year.
“The place of China in the world economy has also grown to be so strong that Kenya stands to benefit if its citizens can understand Mandarin,” Jwan says, adding that the growing political and economic ties between Kenya and China also informed this decision.
Kenya follows in the footsteps of South Africa and Uganda, who introduced Chinese syllabus in their education curriculums in 2014 and January 2019 respectively.
The move comes even as Kenya's Ministry of Education began rolling out the new Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC) this month. The new 2-6-3-3 system replaces the 8-4-4 curriculum, which has been used in the last three decades.