THERE ARE FOUR SUBJECTS IN THIS DEPARTMENT.
1. HOME SCIENCE
2. COMPUTER STUDIES
4. BUSINESS STUDIES
AT FORM ONE ONE THE STUDENT IS SUPPOSED TO SELECT EITHER HOMESCIENCE, AGRICULTURES OR COMPUTER STUDIES. IN THE GROUP, STUDENT WILL HAVE TWO SUBJECTS I.E. THE SELECTED SUBJECT AND BUSINESS STUDIES. THE STUDENT IS REQUIRED TO SELECT THE SUBJECT OF HER CHOICE WHEN GRADUATING TO FORM THREE.
ALL SUBJECTS ARE TAUGHT INTENSIVELY AS PER THE KICD SYLLABUS.
The Home Science Department is one of the Technical and applied subjects offered in Jomo Kenyatta Girls High School in Nakuru County. It is offered as an option against Computer Studies and Agriculture. Among the areas covered in Home Science are:
Home Management –This area provides the learner with skills in cleaning, laundry procedures and home decoration among others. Consequently the home becomes comfortable and enjoyable to live in.
Foods and Nutrition – This area provides the learner with skills in food value of foodstuffs consumed as well as skills in food preparation, presentation, preservation and storage. The leaner can therefore select and prepare meals correctly for people with different nutritional requirements
Clothing and Textiles – This area deals with the study of textile fibres with an objective of enabling the learner to correctly choose, use and care for clothes and household articles. This will in the long run assist the individual in proper maintenance of their clothes as part of good grooming. The area also provides the learner with skills in garment construction and making of articles like curtains, loose covers for their seats among many other things on can make.
Child Care- The learner is provided with knowledge on safe parenthood and the overall child development. The main objective here is to promote proper care for the mother and child to minimize maternal and child mortality. Immunization programmes, breastfeeding, weaning of the baby and habit training are dealt with.
Consumer Education – This area aims at making one a better and informed consumer and therefore encourages wise buying of both goods and services available in the market. The areas dealt with include: Consumer awareness, Advertisements, principles of wise buying, making a budget, problems of the consumer and consumer protection.
First Aid – In spite of all the precautions people take to keep off accidents, occasionally they will happen and threaten our lives. This section aims at arming the learner with skills and knowledge in managing injuries and sudden illnesses before the patient gets professional medical treatment. The aims of First Aid are:
- To save life
- To speed up recovery
- To prevent injuries from becoming worse
- To alleviate/reduce pain.
Finally, individuals who undertake the subject have benefits in that the subject offers those skills and knowledge that improve the quality of life in many ways like managing scarce resources to their advantage through improvisation now and then. Home Science lays a foundation for career development, further education and training. The subject assists in managing and minimizing chances of spread of communicable diseases like Malaria, Tuberculosis, Typhoid, Cholera, Worm infestation among others through the study of environmental hygiene.
I am happy to be associated with such a key subject that deals with the basics of human existence.
May God Bless Jomo Kenyatta Girls High School for including the subject in its curriculum.
Miss Wanyaga (Home Science Teacher)