Community schools ready to implement ministry of education guidelines

Alternative Providers for Basic Education and Training (APBET) officials say they are ready to implement the Ministry of Education guidelines.

The guidelines target service providers who support education in the informal settlements in major towns.

Speaking in Mombasa Tuesday, APBET national chairman Charles Ouma said that they had started sensitization forums for stakeholders to ensure full compliance with the guidelines for the informal learning institutions.

The guidelines provide that APBET shall not only teach approved Kenya Institute for Curriculum Development’s (KICD) syllabi for the curriculum offered at the institution but that they would also adhere to timetabling guidelines for subjects and courses as provided by the Ministry of Education.

The guidelines also require that all APBET teachers meet the minimum entry requirements in terms of training for the level they would be teaching.

It sets that a minimum of 30 per cent of the teachers at an institution of APBET shall have a relevant teacher training certificate from a recognized institution at registration.

Ouma said they needed government recognition and help as APBET seeks to reach the less privileged in the community.

He noted that education reduced poverty and that APBET was doing all it could to ensure all children accessed education.

We strive to give meaning to the government efforts of achieving education for all which is a major challenge in most African countries, said Ouma at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Mombasa during a sensitization forum.

APBET Secretary General Juma Lubambo said the government should support community schools with resources as they catered for pupils from poor backgrounds.

Lubambo said they needed government help in the provision of text books, learning materials and laptops just like ordinary schools.

Rose Nyawira, a Mombasa county APBET official, said they should not be discriminated as far as resource allocation was concerned.

The government should strive to eliminate all barriers to the provision of quality education, she said.

Source: Kenya News Agency