Shakespeare is also in the news in Kenya, where the government has decided that the Bard isn't too "colonial" for Kenyan schoolchildren to read, after all. Since 1981, Kenyan leaders have banned Shakespeare's works from the nation's schools, but on Sunday Kenyan President Daniel Arap Moi announced the return of Shakespeare in English, instructing the Ministry of Education and the Kenyan Institute of Education, which approve school texts, to reinstate the playwright into course work. (Shakespeare in Swahili translations had remained on the bill in Swahili classes.) The president himself said he saw nothing wrong with Shakespeare's works. "The Ministry of Education (once) dropped Shakespeare, thinking it is colonial. But I do not see why it should not be part of our syllabus in secondary schools," he said.
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