By Beth Nyaga
The Ministry of Education has carried out a nationwide sensitization of staff in all the 47 Counties that will take part in strengthening the teaching of mathematics to 6 Million pupils in public primary schools.
The improvement of the teaching of mathematics follows receipt of a grant of US$ 88.4 Million from the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) under the supervision of the World Bank to support Early Grade Mathematics (EGM) public primary school education sub-sector in Kenya at a cost of USD 88.4 million.
The National Coordinator of the project, code-named The Kenya Primary Development Project, (PRIEDE), Mrs. Martha Ekirapa, told participants during a workshop in a Hotel in Malindi last Friday, that the sensitization aim at empowering the staff that will be involved in supervising and managing the implementation of the project when it takes off next term.
Ms. Ekirapa, who was flanked by the Kilifi County Director, of Education Dickson Ole Keis, that the project targets some 6million pupils in class one and two in over 20,000 public primary schools in the country.
She said the project aims to improve early grade Mathematics competencies among learners and strengthen management systems at school and national levels.
Under the project, 40,000 teachers who will benefit from new methodologies of early grade mathematics instruction through improved in-service training and regular pedagogical supervision and support, 1.3 million pupils in participating schools who will benefit from more effective teachers as well as improved teaching-learning inputs.
Other beneficiaries of the project are: Head teachers and Boards of Management (BoMs) who will receive guidance and support in school improvement planning and be empowered to implement plans to improve their school performance; Parents and Communities whose aspirations will be met through greater information and enhanced responsibility in school management for improving quality of education.
An additional feature of the project is that education system will benefit from improved information and accountability through up to date EMIS data and school audit.
The project aims at ensuring that all children master basic literacy and numeracy by early grades besides building national systems that have capacity and integrity to deliver, support and assess education quality.