Driving round Kenya, Iām constantly struck by the sheer number of schools. Every 500 yards thereās a hand-painted sign advertising the virtues of some āacademyā or other. The truly remarkable thing is that at least 10 per cent boast of teaching the āBritish curriculumā.
The reason this is remarkable isnāt just because thereās no such thing as a āBritish curriculumā and hasnāt been since responsibility for education policy was devolved to the UKās regional Parliaments. Thereās an English National Curriculum that dates back to the last government, but itās hardly the envy of the world. On the contrary, itās a mishmash of New Labour gobbledegook about āskillsā and ādiversityā and helps explain why our schoolchildren have plummeted in the international league tables. Iām 99.9 per cent certain that not a single one of the pupils at these Kenyan schools is learning about Mary Seacole. (To read more, click here.)