National Pre-Primary Education Policy Launched

Nairobi Moe June 20, 2018

The Cabinet Secretary for Education, Amb Amina Mohamed today launched a National Pre-Primary Education Policy that will offer guidance to all pre-primary education—popularly called nursery education—service providers throughout the country.

“The launch of this policy is a critical step towards laying a firm foundation for the education of our children,” Amb Mohamed noted when she officially launched the Policy at a Hotel in Mombasa town today. She was flanked by the Principal Secretary for Early Learning and Basic Education, Dr. Belio Kipsang and Education Specialist, UNICEF Kenya, Shweta Sandilya.

UNICEF provided technical and financial support to the formulation of the Policy.

Amb Amina Mohamed said the guidance will ensure children will be better prepared for primary school education and formal education in general under the two-year Pre-primary Education experience.

Amb Mohamed said the expected quality pre-primary education programmes that the principles and standards the policy spells out will minimize repetition and dropout rates and improved learning capabilities for the learners.

Amb Mohamed announced that the Government was set to establish model Early Childhood Development (ECDE) Centres in five counties from which pre-primary education to provide support to pre-primary education providers.

She said government recognition and support for  Early Childhood Development, had led to increased enrolment in pre-primary schools from over 2.7 million (2,710, 830) pupils  in 2012 to 3,3 million (3,293,813) in 2017, with Gross Enrolment Rates(GER) from 69.4% in 2012 to 77.1% in 2017; and increased NER from 64.2% to 76.9% over the same period.

Amb Mohamed said the number of teachers trained in early childhood education has risen from 80,526 in 2012 to 106,938 in 2017 noting that overall; more than 80% of the pre-primary teachers had been trained.

The Cabinet Secretary said the Ministry will continue supporting County Governments, by providing central coordination of early childhood education at the Ministry of Education, incorporation of pre-primary education into basic education structure; and integration of pre-primary education into the competency-based curriculum.

The Cabinet Secretary said the Ministry will continue supporting County Governments, whose mandate is to provide Pre-Primary Education, in addressing some of the challenges facing

Despite this tremendous growth of pre-primary education, the sub-sector still faces important challenges. These include high child-teacher ratio, poor physical infrastructure and inadequate teaching and learning materials, limited play spaces and play equipment as well as limited capacity for developing professionals in the sub-sector.

In appreciation that delivery of pre-primary education is a devolved function, the Ministry has taken steps to support county governments in addressing these challenges. The measures we have taken include central coordination of early childhood education at the Ministry of Education; incorporation of pre-primary education into basic education structure; and integration of pre-primary education into the competency-based curriculum.

She said this will be based on strengthening coordination between the Ministry and county governments ECD structures, strengthening the capacity of key county personnel, improvement of infrastructure, quality assurance, school- parent partnership and stakeholder engagement.

Also present during the occasion included the Director, Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD), Dr. Julius Jwan, the Chairman of Kenya National Examinations Council(KNEC) Prof. George Magoha, Acting CEO of KNEC, Dr. Mercy Kerogo, the Managing Director Jomo Kenyatta Foundation, Mrs. Rosemary K.A. Barasa, County Education Executives, County Directors of Education among other senior Education officials.