Enrollment of Children in Pre-Primary Education stood at 3.3 million children in 2017 from slightly over 2.7 million pupils in 2012, the Principal Secretary for Early Learning and Basic Education, Dr. Belio Kipsang has said.
The Principal Secretary attributes the collaborative efforts between the Ministry of Education, County Governments and key stakeholders for the growth in the ECDE sub-sector over the last 5 years
‘The Gross Enrollment Ratio has also increased from 69.4% in 2012 to 77.1% in 2017, while the Net Enrollment Ratio rose from 64.2% to 76.9% in the same period,” Dr. Kipsang added.
Dr. Kipsang spoke this during Education International & KNUT Global Seminar Early Childhood Education at a Nairobi Hotel yesterday. Present included the Secretary General of Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT), Mr. Wilson Sossion.
The seminar brought together education union leaders, ECE educators, academics, experts, policy makers and other key stakeholders, mainly from Africa.
Dr. Kipsang said the Ministry had created and launched a National Pre-Primary Education Policy which outlines the strategies for enhancing access; ensuring quality, relevance, equity and inclusion in early childhood education.
He said the number of teachers trained in Early Childhood Development and Education (ECDE) increased from 80,526 in 2012 to 106,938 in 2017.
He said more than 80% of the pre-primary teachers were now trained.
“It is one of the Government’s critical focuses to ensure that the teachers in ECDE are properly trained as the quality of education in any country is as good as the quality of the teachers,” Dr. Belio said.
General Secretary, Education International (EI), David Edwards said the objectives of the two-day seminar are was among others, to discuss current global and national issues and challenges related to the achievement of Sustainable Development Goal 4.2 on achieving inclusive quality early childhood education, and develop strategies for addressing those challenges.
He said the seminar would also discuss important global and regional frameworks and instruments, including the ILO policy guidelines on the promotion of decent work for early childhood personnel, and how these can be implemented at country and local levels among other objectives.
Mr. Edwards said the conclusions and recommendations from the seminar will inform EI, education unions and partners’ global, regional and national advocacy efforts and activities and EI’s ECE Working Group’s report to the Executive Board and the 8th World Congress, which will be held in Bangkok, Thailand, in July, 2019.