Accountability to provide equitable quality education

The Ministry of Education in collaboration with United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and Kenya National Commission for UNESCO (KNATCOM) has on Wednesday launched Global Education Monitoring (GEM) Report at Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD).

The GEM Report is mandated to monitor progress towards Sustainable Development Goal 4 (SDG4) on inclusive and equitable quality education and lifelong learning, and its 10 detailed targets as well as other SDG targets with a clear education dimension.

In a speech read by Director of Secondary and Tertiary Education, Robert Masese on behalf of the Cabinet Secretary for Education, Amina Mohammed said that the government recognizes the need to adopt accountability methods that support provision of quality education services to all learners in view of the evidence that high-stakes tests based on narrow performance measures revert educational achievements.

The GEM Report 2017/2018 underscores education sector policy development processes that are open to broad and meaningful consultation by all stakeholders as a key element of accountability’ said Amina.

Speaking during the launch of the GEM Report, Secretary General KNATCOM, Evangeline Njoka said that the Report examines different accountability mechanisms that are used to hold Governments, schools, teachers, parents, the international community, and the private sector accountable for inclusive quality education.

Education is a shared responsibility while Governments have primary responsibility, schools teachers, parents, students, international organizations, private sector providers, civil society and the media have a role in improving education systems, said Njoka.

According to Director UNESCO Regional Office for East Africa, Ann Therese, the report investigates accountability in education, analyzing how old stakeholders can provide education more effectively, efficiently and equitably.

The report is an editorially independent, authoritative and evidence-based annual report, published by UNESCO.

Source: Kenya News Agency