A case for revival of 4K Clubs in schools

Kakamega County's Shitsango Primary School pupils in their farm. The members of the school’s 4K Club are growing sweet potatoes, indigenous vegetables, tomatoes as well as keeping goats and indigenous chickens. PHOTO | ISAIAH ESIPISU | NMG

What you need to know:

  • Agriculture, however, is not part of the curriculum in primary schools currently, and is an optional subject in high school.

  • Peterson Mutsotso, the 4K Club patron at the school, says pupils are taught farming techniques and they also learn about pests and diseases.

  • The soil in the sacks is arranged in layers from rocks and pebbles at the bottom, followed by organic matter, then top soil and lastly manure.

  • Oniang’o says given the broad benefits from the agricultural activities, it would good for county governments to budget for primary school agricultural activities.

Years ago, children in primary schools were taught how to grow crops through 4K Clubs.

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