Mount Kenya Academy Senior School follows both the Kenyan system (8-4-4) and the I G C S E (British System of education).
History is taught at all levels starting with Year 9 where all the students are required to take History lessons for the whole year. At the beginning of Year 10 history becomes an optional subject and those who choose to continue get 4 lessons in a week until they clear year 11.
History in Year 9
Students joining Mt Kenya Academy Senior School in Year 9 are introduced to World History which helps them to identify with global issues like the world war1. They have three lessons in a week of which one is used for further reading in the E - learning Centre.
DEPARTMENTAL AIMS AND OBJECTIVES:-
- Stimulate interest and enthusiasm in the study of History.
- Promote the acquisition of knowledge and understanding of human activity in the past.
- Promote an understanding of the nature of cause and consequence, continuity and change, similarity and difference.
- Encourage international understanding.
- Foster independent thinking and making informed judgments of issues.
- Encourage the development of linguistic and communication skills.
The key objectives of this course is to equip the students with an ability
- o recall, select, organize and apply knowledge
- To understand interpret, evaluate and use context sources as evidence in their conclusions.
- To understand the change and continuity, cause and consequence, similarity and difference.
History in Years 10 and 11
Students in Years 10 and 11 follow the Cambridge International Examination (CIE) IGCSE History syllabus covering the following areas:
- Peace treaties after World War 1;
- The League of Nations 1920s and 1930s;
- World war 1 and 2
- The Cold War
- International relations between 1919-1939
In addition to the above a depth study course is offered which is an alternative to course work. This covers an area (country) in details such as Britain, China, Germany and South Africa among others.
Various skills such as recall, note taking, essay planning and writing are developed. Others include interpreting sources in order to infer from them; evaluating according to the nature of the source and the circumstances of its production; evaluating by cross-referencing to other sources; evaluating with reference to contextual knowledge; and synthesizing evidence from a range of sources to draw conclusions.
Continuous assessment tests are given internally throughout the term while at the end of the term students sit internal exams.Mock examinations are taken by Year 11 students in Term 2 in preparation for the final exams in Term 3.
Three components are given;
- Paper 1; core content and depth studies, short essay questions (40% of the total marks)
- Paper 2; source based questions on a specified area of the core content (33% of total marks)
- Paper 4; essay questions on the depth studies (27% of the total marks)
The History Department at Mt Kenya is organizing a trip to Germany with the aim of visiting historical museums, Dachau concentration camp among others. This is open to all history students in both the systems and any other student.
History is a compulsory subject in Form one and two. At this level the students are exposed to such areas as
- Early man,
- Importance of studying history and government,
- Transport and communication,
- Peoples of East Africa
- Constitution making process in Kenya.
- Recognize and appreciate the importance of studying History and Government.
- Promote a sense of nationalism patriotism and national unity.
- Identify assess and appreciate the rich and varied cultures of the Kenyan people and other people.
- Derive through the learning of History and Government an interest in further learning.
- Promote a sense of awareness and need for a functional democracy of the Kenyan people and other nations.
At Form three and four level the students who opt to take history are exposed to wider topics in both paper 1 and 2.
Paper 1: Kenyan History
Paper 2: World History.
Topics covered include;
- World wars
- League of nations
- United Nations organisation
- Pan- Africanism
- National philosophies
- Lives and contribution of Kenyan leaders
- Political development and the struggle for independence in Kenya
- Constitution making in Kenya
- Devolved government
- Public revenue and expenditure
- Electoral process in Kenya, India, America and Britain
- Formation, structure and functions of the government of Kenya
Continuous assessment tests are given throughout the year and at the end of every term and year an exam is given. The form four students seat for their mock exams in July second term in preparation of the KCSE exam in October.