Quality education dependent on competence and motivation of teachers

Written By: Claire Wanja
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Manyasa said the teacher is the most important actor in curriculum management and delivery, noting that they should be retooled and motivated at all times.
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Quality education outcomes depend on the competence and motivation of teachers, the Country Manager of Twaweza East Africa, Dr. Emmanuel Manyasa has said.

“I would rather have children under a tree with a competent and motivated teacher than in well-constructed classrooms without such a teacher,” Manyasa.

Manyasa was speaking on the sidelines of two day Conference on the place of evidence in reforming education Reforms for Sustainable National Transformation at a Machakos hotel yesterday. The event attracted education policymakers, policy practitioners, researchers, Development partners in the Education.

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Manyasa said the teacher is the most important actor in curriculum management and delivery, noting that they should be retooled and motivated at all times.

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He underscored the importance of rigorous and reliable evidence as a basis for decision making.

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A senior lecturer at the University of Nairobi, School of Education, Dr Andrew Riechi similarly underscored the importance of well-educated and trained teacher in ensuring quality learning outcomes in schools.

The conference aimed to provide a platform for sharing of knowledge and policy-relevant findings of high-quality research from MOE and various practitioners, researchers and academics working in the education fieldin Kenya.

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It was sought to initiate discussions to promote evidence-based solutions and adoption of practices that target transformative education in Kenya; and to provide input towards the creation of an ‘evidence gap map’ that would help shape the future research agenda in the education sector.

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