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Incremental modernisation of statistics teaching and curriculum at Maseno University, Kenya


David Stern, Omolo N Ongati, John Ogonji Agure, Betty Ogange


David Stern (Kenya)


Modernisation of statistics teaching is a continual problem the world over. The advances in statistical methods and tools along with the growing demand of applied practitioners creates a dual need of people with the theoretical knowledge to take the subject further and those with the practical knowledge and skills for the many current problems requiring statistical support. The universities in Kenya are largely still teaching theory as was done 40 years ago. Change is possible and initiatives like the RUFORUM M.Sc. in Research Methods show that with sufficient resources a modern curriculum can be created in Kenya in a short space of time. Maseno is a young university, less than 20 years old. With very few resources the department of mathematics and applied statistics has been taking a more gradual approach to modernise their teaching. This paper describes what has been achieved, our current work and what is planned.