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Govt pledges to support art and music in schools

16 August 2013, 18:30 Steve Wambugu

Deputy President William Ruto has said the government will put mechanism in place to nurture the music and art talent in learning institutions within the country.

He further said that art and music can be used to unite wananchi in the country through their diverse cultures.

“This music can be used as a tool to bring together the public and that’s why the government will continue to nurture this talent,”  He said.

Speaking on Friday in Nakuru high school where he represented the President in the final performance of the music gala, Ruto said the government will continue working closely with Kenya Music Commission to promote arts and music.

He further said the government will be allocating more money to the commission to help in identifying new talents in the country.

“We will be supporting the music commission so as to identify the new talents because it will be bad if we don’t,” he said.

The deputy president also noted that the government will be working with county governments in taping the new arts and music talents.

He also said that through the ministry of Education, the government will be empowering middle level colleges to curb the high number of students that do not make it to university.

He further called on local media to promote local content saying this will help grow the industry of music and film in the country.

During his speech, the deputy president declined commenting on the ongoing referendum calls by CORD leaders.

This year’s music festival attracted more than 100 000 participants from different school in the country.

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