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The 
country  I  choose 
was  Kenya. Kenya  is 
located  in  east 
africa  on the  coast 
of  the  indian 
ocean. To the  west  of 
Kenya  there  are 
lakes and  rivers  with 
small  amount  of forest. To 
the  north  is 
desert  and semidesert.  In 
the  northern  deserts it 
has  lake  Turkana 
and  laikipia plateau. The  capital 
of  Kenya  is Nairobi. Nairobi  isn’t 
just  the  capital of 
Kenya  it’s  also 
the  largest  city 
in the  country.  Kenya 
has  about  48.46 million 
people  living  inside 
of  the country. Kenya  have  a  lot 
of  nature reserves  and 
take  pride  in 
trying  to protect  the 
animals  in  the 
country from  poachers  and 
big  game hunters.  Places 
like  Amboseli  and Tsavo 
National  Park  are 
just  a  few of 
the  reserves  Kenya 
offers  for tourist  to 
come  and  view 
the animals  the  country 
have  to  offer. A popular  landmark 
and  tourist attraction  in 
Kenya  is  Diani 
beach it’s  known  for 
its  warm  sand 
and sky  blue  oceans. The 
beach  also has  a 
resort  on  it 
for  tourist  to spend 
the  night  in.  In  Kenya 
many different  languages  are 
spoken.  The main  two 
languages  spoken  are Swahili 
and  English.  Although 
those are  the  main 
two  languages  spoken they 
are  not  the 
only  two,  in  the
more  rural  parts 
of   the  country were 
the  tribes  live 
at  there  are many 
different  languages  being spoken. 
Kalenjin,  Luo,  Maasai, Samburu, 
and  Turkana  are 
just  a few  of 
the  other  languages 
being spoken  in  the 
country. The main religion practiced in Kenya is Christianity but
religions like Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, and even some with no faith. The
currency in Kenya is called shilling. Shilling is about equal to 1 US dollar.

 

   

Kenya is a country with a rich historical background.
July 1st 1895 the British declared the country a country and protectorate. The
first governor was Sir Arthur Hardinge, Arthur was sent to help establish a
formal British government. This british rule lasted over seventy years. In the
seventy years the local people were subject to a lot of economic ,social and
political laws. The most rememberable of all the policies was the racial
discrimination. The British people moved in and took control of most of fertile
farmland and put harsh labor laws in place with low wages to make the Africans
work on their land. They were limited in the government as well they could only
participate in the local government issues. The native people eventually
started to form groups like the Young Kikuyu Association,
East African Association, Young Kavirondo Association, North Kavirondo Central
Association and Taita Hills Association, were formed to articulate African
grievances against forced labour. These groups helped forced laborers get the
rights they should have and better wages. They also helped form grievances
against them from heavy taxing, taking land, and racial discrimination.
Starting around 1944 to 1966 political activism started to apply more pressure
than ever. Kenya African Democratic Union (KAU) was created in 1944 this was
Kenya’s first country wide nationalist party. This was a huge stepping stone in
the fight for Kenya to gain its freedom. KADU won its first election on a broad
electoral which was was held in 1961. KADU was able to get 83 of th 124 seats
in the House of Representatives. With control over the House they were able to
to form the Madaraka Administration. The Madaraka is the day that Kenya got
rule over its own country and then full independence
from Great Britain on December 12, 1963. This was under Jomo Kenyatta. The
first government the the newly Independent Kenya had to deal with a lot of
hardships. The country had economic and political issues . They  had to deal with a rising population, kenyanisation
of the economy and redistributing incomes . To deal with any of these problems
they first had to build a stable government. They had done people in their
government who supported extreme policies and weren’t really trying to help
them build a new nation. After stabilizing their country’s government they have
tried to bring peace all across the East African region.

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     Education was always in Kenya. Back 1728
with a Swahili manuscript. The CMS missionaries interacted with locals in the
coastal town of Mombasa and set up one of the earliest missionary schools in
the country of Rabaini. In Kenya school officially starts at age six with
compulsory and free basic education up until your fourteen. Students then go to
the next step in this cycle, technical schools or trade schools which is also
free. Back in 2003 a policy was passed to try and bring up the attendance
levels in schools. This policy made school free for students and helped raise
attendance percentages by 40 percent. The attendance numbers went from 5.9
million students to about 8.2 million in four years. This cycle was broken down
into sections. Lower standards (1-3), middle standards (4-5), and upper primary
standards (6-8). At  the end of the upper
primary students must take the national Kenya certificate of Primary Education
(KCPE) their equivalent to the keystones. This test is supervised by an council
called the Kenya National Examination council (KNEC) under the ministry of
Education. Students who excel on the text get into national secondary schools
while students who got subpar scores get to go to provincial schools. The
curriculum is the same throughout the country. They teach a local language,
English, Kiswahili, mathematics, science, social studies, religious education,
creative arts ,physical education, and life skills. They are tested on five of
subjects English, mathematics, science, agriculture, and social studies.  The secondary schooling last four years and
are broken down into two terms of two years. At the end of the fourth year they
take a test administered by the (KCSE) and the test gets them the Kenya
certificate of secondary education (KCSE). This exam is also used to help
students get into other universities and training at other trade schools.
Others who have the (KCPE) and don’t enroll on secondary schools can attend
youth polytechnics which prepares students for government trade test. This
covers levels 1-3. Less than half of primary students continue secondary
school.  There are three types of
secondary schools in Kenya- public, private, and harable. Students with good
scores on the KCPE go to public schools while students who scored poorly on the
test go to harambe. Harambe schools have less government funding and are often
run by small communities.  Many private schools
have religious affiliation and typically offer British or less
frequently-American curriculums and qualifications. Some also offer Kenyan
curriculum. They have what they call non formal education centers which
provides basic education for lower class children who don’t have access to a formal
education 

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