Govt raises research fund allocation to Sh3B

Education Cabinet Secretary Amb. Amina Mohamed has announced the government will allocate Sh3 billion on research and development activities in the next financial year. This is a six-fold rise from Sh500 million that the government allocated in the ending financial year.

Speaking during the Seventh National Science Congress at Kenyatta International Convention Center (KICC), Amb. Mohamed noted the importance of investing in research and innovation highlighting that it was important to encourage research among young scholars.

“While we have focused primarily on our Universities and research institutions, we are also encouraging and nurturing innovation across our education system,” she said.

Some of the exhibitors who showcased their innovations during Congress included high school students.

“I am delighted that students from high schools and technical institutions are also taking part in this event. This inculcates the culture of creativity and innovation,” she said.

The CS said the students’ spirit of innovation was consistent with the on-going curriculum reforms that seeks to make learning more practical and discovery oriented at all stages of teaching, learning and training.

The Technical University of Kenya was among Newton Utafiti Fund guarantees that were awarded with certificates.

TU-K bagged an award after successful application for a Newton-Utafiti Institutional Link grant which supports research collaboration between Kenyan and UK institutions. The project is jointly funded by the Ministry of Education through the National Research Fund and the Department of Business Environment and Industrial Strategy, UK through the British Council.

The Science Congress week provided a forum for stakeholders among them Research, Science, Technology and Innovation (RST&I) to interact and chant way forward towards the achievement of the ‘Big four agenda’ – including food security and nutrition, affordable housing, manufacturing and affordable healthcare for all

.The Cabinet Secretary also commended the University of Nairobi for being the only Kenya university to operate outer space object dubbed the Kenyan University Nano Satellite Precursor flight that was recently launched in Tokyo, Japan.