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Why schools in Kenya will open days earlier

By Augustine Oduor | Published Wed, November 23rd 2016 at 00:00, Updated November 22nd 2016 at 22:17 GMT +3
A standard one teacher at Hyrax primary school in Nakuru writing on the board while two pupils supports the board from falling down .The class is congested and it is being shared by Standard one and Nursery pupils .PHOTO:KIPSANG JOSEPH

The Government has taken drastic steps to improve performance in mathematics in lower classes.

Some 21,095 primary school pupils will have their two-month holiday cut short to take part in a study aimed at improving the quality of the subject.

The Ministry of Education wants Standard Two pupils in 300 public primary schools across the country recalled to take part in the study between November 28 and 30.

The schools have been sampled from all the 47 counties.

Education Permanent Secretary Belio Kipsang said the children will participate in the three-day baseline survey aimed at improving early grade mathematics.


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The PS said the ministry had already contracted a firm, Publix (Africa), to carry out the assessment.

Kenya National Examination Council (Knec) will supervise the assessment.

The details are contained in a letter by Kipsang, dated November 15, and addressed to Teachers Service Commission (TSC) Chief Executive Officer Nancy Macharia.

In the letter, Kipsang requests Ms Macharia to instruct TSC county officials to ensure the pupils are in schools during the stated dates.

“The purpose of this letter, therefore, is to request you to ask TSC County Directors to inform head teachers of schools and the curriculum support officers in the respective zones where the sampled schools are located, to participate in the baseline study on the said dates,” said Kipsan’g.

The PS said during the exercise, Class Two mathematics teachers must be present to deliver a lesson that the researchers will observe.

Also to be in the schools are head teachers and senior teachers. Also listed are curriculum support officers and sub county Education Standards and Quality Assurance Council officer.

A circular by TSC to all county directors makes reference to the letter by Kipsang and instructs the officials to comply.

The Government has received a grant of Sh8.8 billion from the Global Partnership for Education towards the Kenya Primary Education Development.

The grant will cater for 6 million pupils in grade one and two who will benefit from improved early grade mathematics textbooks.