Inspection of early grade mathematics commences Wednesday

A joint mission comprising senior education officials and World Bank will Wednesday carry out inspection of the effectiveness of the early grade mathematics (EGM) 1 and 2 in public primary schools throughout the country.

Joint mission officials will inspect schools in several counties, including, Taita Taveta, Nandi, Kisumu, Homa Bay, Trans Nzoia, Busia, Laikipia, and Nairobi.

The exercise, which is called classroom observation, will require senior education officials and administrators to sit in an actual classroom environment, and take notes, as they watch the teachers handle literacy lessons.

The purpose of the exercise is to provide teachers with constructive critical feedback, aimed at improving their classroom management and instructional techniques.

The mission will also look at various aspects of education and how they conform to the best management practices, in terms of procurement, finance and social safeguards.

The two day exercise is conducted under the Kenya Primary Education Development (PRIEDE) project, which is a grant of US$ 88.4 Million, from Global Partnership for Education (GPE), and is being implemented under the supervision of the World Bank to support EGM, public primary school education sub-sector in Kenya at a cost of USD 88.4 million.

The grant, approved by the GPE, is benefiting 6 million pupils in grade 1 and 2, who will benefit from improved EGM textbooks.

This funding will help Kenya to address key challenges in primary education, as well to provide catalytic funding to help Kenya address areas not yet fully covered by other initiatives in basic education.

The project, which is in its three year of implementation has benefitted a number of beneficiaries and build capacity of government staff and institutions involved in the implementation.

It is directly benefiting 6 million pupils in grade 1 and 2 who have benefitted from improved EGM textbooks.

In a press release to newsrooms, the National Coordinator of the Project, Mrs. Martha Ekirapa said the government has distributed 7.6million textbooks on mathematics, which has helped the government to attain 1:1 textbook to pupil level in class 1 and 2.

In addition, some 40,000 teachers have benefitted from new methodologies of EGM instruction through improved in-service training and regular pedagogical supervision and support.

The project aims at improving the teaching and learning of mathematics, since the subject is seen as the foundation for quality education.

The GPE is a product of the 2000 Dakar framework of action when the international community declared that ‘no country with a credible sector plan will be thwarted from achieving the ‘Education for All’ goals by lack of resource since 2002.

The GPE has been helping developing countries partners develop and implement sound education sector plans.

Source: Kenya News Agency