Government to spend Shs.20billion to boost quality of education in 30 Counties

The government, in conjunction with World Bank, is set to spend Shs.20billion to boost quality of education in 30 Counties.

The six year project will focus on improving retention of learners in Primary education as well as transition to Secondary education.

Targeted in the project, dubbed Secondary Education Quality Improvement Project (SEQIP) are 9,999 institutions 7,852 are Primary Schools and 2,147 are secondary schools in 110 Sub counties in the 30 Counties.

A World Bank Mission led by Education Specialist, Ms Human Waheed and Ms Ruth Charo met the Principal Secretary for education and early Learning, Dr. Belio Kipsang at Ministry of Education headquarters in Jogoo House where they expressed satisfaction with the level of preparedness for the roll out of the project.

Dr. Kipsang expressed the need to build the right confidence in the substance curriculum Reform Process. He said all agencies involved in the project should harmonise their activities and operations to ensure achievement of the project objectives and goals.

He said success will ensure addressing the knowledge and skill gaps that undercuts realization of desired educational outcomes.

Ms Huma expressed the need to ensure all project activities are centered on student learning, saying all operations and activities should be geared towards strengthening learning.

Under the project, Class 7 and 8 and forms 1-4 in targeted schools will be given textbooks in the core subjects with the objective of reaching a student-textbook ratio of 1:1.

About 1.2million learners will benefit from textbook distribution, 18,000 learners will  benefit from scholarship, 37,500 from School kits, 3,000 primary and 1,000 secondary schools from infrastructural support and 18,000 teachers.

Under the project, support will be given to the process of developing Competence based curriculum grade 4, 5 and 6 by availing to Kenya Institute for Curriculum Development (KICD) the experience and expertise in development of the curriculum for the early grades.

The programme will also ensure that each of the selected schools have basic physical structures including classrooms, science laboratories, library, toilets, water facilities and electricity.

Embedded in the project, is a scholarship programme to enable students complete secondary schools.

Apart from recruitment and deployment of teachers by the TSC to the targeted schools to address shortage, the project will also see the strengthening of national examinations and assessments systems at the Kenya National Examinations Council.

The strengthening of the national examinations and assessments systems follows adoption of the Competence based curriculum under KNEC will now examine and assess the effectiveness of the teaching and learning of repertoire of skills that that learners are expected to learn and internalise.