The Kenya National Spelling Bee 2018 championship has officially kicked off the registration of schools across the country with top three performers expected to walk away with prizes worth over Ksh 18million.
While addressing education stakeholders during the launch of the 2018 edition, Kenya National Spelling Bee patron Johnston Nzioka said next year’s winners of the competition will walk away with a 52 seater school bus worth over Ksh 7,000,000 while the 1st runners up will win a 32 seater minibus worth over Ksh 5,000,000 and a 26 seater van worth over Ksh 4,000,000 for the 2nd runners up.
Mr. Nzioka said the program which is now two years old was playing an important role in improving literacy development of the young learners. He urged more schools to sign up for the 2018 edition as the opportunities and benefits are expected to be even better.
“This championship is designed to engage school children, parents, schools, businesses and the community at large in a yearly education process with an aim of developing and improving education standards across the country”,
The Deputy Director of Quality Assurance and Standards at the ministry of education Joseph Wambua lauded the program for its critical role in enhancing English language among primary and secondary students in the country.
“I want to challenge our schools to sign up in large numbers for the Kenya National Spelling Bee (KNSB) 2018 Championship because of the huge opportunities the program is offering in improving performance”,
Mr. Wambua said both spoken and written language was good for young children development and the program was doing a commendable job to raise the bar in-terms of learning experience of school going children through growth in English vocabulary, public speaking and self-confidence.
He said the program was playing a significant role in instilling a reading culture among children which helps in developing confidence, encourage public speaking as well as build good vocabulary which earns them good exposure during early stages of their development.
He called on more schools to join the competition and reap the benefits since the program is designed to give all children equal opportunities in order to build their characters and confidence.
“Kenya National Spelling Bee imparts the spirit of hard work and determination in children while giving them an opportunity to make new memories and friendships”,
The competition which commences January next year at the county levels will also attract various cash prizes and books to boost language and spelling. The program patron said both the Kenya private sector association and the Kenya primary school head teachers association were so excited to be part of the great initiative and urged all eligible schools and learners to register in large numbers for the competition.
He said all participating schools will compete for the top three county positions in each of the 47 counties and will later on proceed to the national levels where top three schools and students will be picked to fight it out at the at continental championship level. The competition is open to class 5 and 8 pupils from all public and private primary schools across the country.
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