NAIROB -The Ministry of Education is set to carry out an inspection of the effectiveness of the teaching of English and Kiswahili in Class 1 and 2 in Public Primary Schools throughout the country.

The exercise called classroom observation and set to start next week will entail senior Education officials and administrators to sit in an actual classroom environment and watch, and take notes of the way teachers handle, in this case, 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 two-day exercise is conducted under the Lest Read Programme, code-named Tusome, which is being implemented by Kenya’s Ministry of Education, and is funded by the United States Agency for International Development and the British Department for International Development at cost USD53.8million.

Briefing the Ministry of Education staff at the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD) ON Thursday, yesterday, the Director-General, Mr. Robert Masese, lauded the programme saying the model of textbook distribution adopted had helped the government save Shs.13billion in buying textbooks for other learners in Primary and Secondary Schools.

The Ministry has distributed 19million English and Kiswahili textbooks to 5.4 million pupils in public primary schools.

The programme, whose implementation began in 2015 targeted 5.4 million Children in public primary schools, 100,000 learners in alternative basic institutions, 48,000 teachers in public primary schools, 2000 Teachers in alternative basic education institutions among others beneficiaries.

The programme seeks to achieve improved delivery methods and instruction, improved access to textbooks and supplementary materials, enhanced support supervision of teachers by Teacher Advisory Centre (TACs), Coaches and Headteachers, enhanced of ICT to support literacy, and enhanced capacity of the education sector.