Nairobi 21, December, 2017 – The Ministry of Education has trained 4,000 head teachers of the schools Improvement Plan (SIP) on the use of tablets for use in effectively managing teaching and learning in public Primary schools.
The training is part of the Kenya Primary Education Development (PRIEDE), project which aims to strengthen primary school management and accountability for improved learning outcomes, Principal Education Officer, Ms Catharine Matara said on the sidelines of training of the head teachers at Kwale Town School for the Deaf on on Wednesday.
Ms Matara said the Ministry of Education received a grant of US$ 88.4 Million from the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) to improve the teaching and learning of Mathematics 6 million pupils in class 1 and 2 in the project which started in 2015 and ends in 2019.
She however said that about 1.3 million pupils in participating schools, under SIP, are benefiting from present and effective teachers hence improved teaching-learning in puts.
The schools whose KCPE score in 2012 and 2013 were below the average of 243 marks for public primary schools were targeted for proper curriculum delivery to improve performance.
Ms Matara said Head teachers and members of the Boards of Managements of Schools the pilot schools receive guidance and support in school improvement planning and are being empowered to implement plans to improve their school performance. T
An ICT officer with Kenya National Examinations Council(KNEC) involved in the training, Ms Catharine Masila said mastery of mathematics gave learners confidence in learning.
“When you acquire competence in numeracy, students tend to perfume well,” she noted, saying literacy and numeracy was basic to other subjects.
Head teachers who have undergone the training say it had greatly improved their management skills, which has led to comparatively good performance than in previous years.
The Head teacher of Madago Primary School in Kwale County said the project had exposed them to new teaching methods and instructional materials.
He said it had led to 1:1 pupil to textbook ration, thereby greatly improving performance.
The overarching goal of School Improvement Plan is Develop a School Improvement Plan through a participatory process, enhance community participation and ownership of school management and development initiatives strengthen partnerships and unity of purpose among the stakeholders, Integrate all components of the school in improvement planning processes and strengthen school management, transparency and accountability for improved learning outcomes.
The project, runs from 2015 to 2019, aims to improve early grade mathematics competency and to strengthen management systems at schools and national levels.
The use of tablets will be used to capture and report on pupil enrolment and attendance, teacher attendance, textbook and learning materials inventory, receipt of annual grant allocations (digital image of bank statement reflecting the transfers to school accounts), overall school spending and implementation progress of priority actions outlined in the school action plans.