A decision to improve the teaching and learning environment has led to improvement in performance index 4000 public primary Schools in 2018 KCPE examinations.

The primary schools are part of the schools whose KCPE scores in 2012 and 2013 were below the average of 243 for public primary schools), in each county and Arid and Semi-Arid Lands (ASAL) counties.

The Director, Project Coordination and Delivery said out of 80 schools targeted for the intervention in Wajir County, 58 or 72.5% registered improved performance.

In the neighboring county of Mandera, Mr. Mungai noted, 55 out of the 77 (70.5%) schools in the pilot were able to register improved performance in KCPE 2018 when compared to the previous year.

Mr. Elijah Mungai said the Government, improved sanitation, filled of leaking roofs of classrooms, provided clean water, textbooks and repaired toilets in the schools with the aim of restoring a friendly learning environment in the 4000 primary schools.

He said the Ministry of Education received a grant of US$ 88.4 Million from the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) for the Kenya Primary Education Development (PRIEDE) project whose main objective was to improve the teaching of Mathematics for over 6million pupils in grade 1 and 2 in all public primary schools in the country.

He, however, said the project also targeted 4,000 low performing schools in each county and ASAL counties in particular by strengthening School Management (SIP) and Accountability for results in the delivery of primary education in the .

He said majority of the Schools posted improved results demonstrating that improved learning environment has positive effect on learning outcomes.

He said improved City County of Nairobi, had also benefited from the improved performance.

 “Some 28 out of the 41 schools (68.29%) registered improved performance within Nairobi’s urban slums and pockets of poverty,” Mr. Mungai said.

He said similar trend was witnessed in other Counties whose results of the pilot schools were good. He said Nyamira, Vihiga, Mombasa, Homa Bay, Tana River and Kiambu which had 67.1%, 65%, 65%, 65%, 64.1%, 63.74% and 61.9% respectively of their SIP pilot schools registered an  improvement in KCPE 2018 when compared to the results of the same exam in 2017.

He said individual schools in some Counties, registered exemplary improvements in performance over the last 3 years.

He said the top 10 most improved SIP schools countrywide included, Esageri in Baringo County (112.20), Boremagongo in Migori County (106.97), Saka (100.89), Alango Arba (96.79), Balambala (91.75) all in Garissa County, Diff in Wajir County (89.90) Lorengo in Turkana County (89.75), Titila and Mbalambala in Tana River and Watuha in Murang’a County which improved by 86.89, 82.66 and 81.18.