That the state of English communication competence in Kenya is in crisis, was the consensus view at the start of the conference that was hosted by Learning & Testing Services and Strathmore University.
Conference keynote speaker and Director of the Kenya School of Law, Prof. PLO Lumumba fervently decried the situation, observing that Kenya had sacrificed competency in communication at the altar of mediocrity.
“The standards of English competency have declined dramatically and we do not have to look far for the causes. Who teaches our young men and women at the foundation stage? In Kenya it is those who have failed. In other countries such as Finland, Doctoral degree holders are teaching at that level. We further need to consider what is being taught; interrogate the quality of instruction, go back to the basics and begin to address them in a comprehensive manner” Prof. Lumumba inferred.