Ministry of Education launches Mathematics Project

The Ministry of Education is set to roll out a programme to improve the teaching and learning of Mathematics in class 1 and 2 from March this year.

The programme which is financed by the Global Partnerships of Education (GPE) at a cost of US$ 88.4million will benefit six million pupils in 22,000 public primary and informal schools.

Ministry of Education officers and Global Partnerships of Education (GPE) from Washington, United States of America held the First Joint Implementation Support Mission in Jogoo House on Wednesday.

Principal Secretary for Education (PS), Dr. Belio Kipsang on Wednesday updated the delegation of Senior Education Officers from GPE led by Senior Education Specialist, Dr. Fazle Rabani on the progress the Ministry has made in readiness for the roll out of the programme in March.

Kipsang who was speaking at the Ministry Headquarters in Jogoo House said the programme seeks to address the challenges teachers are facing in the teaching and learning of mathematics, saying numeracy is one of the basic foundations of learning.

The PS said the perception that mathematics was complex and difficult had hampered its effective teaching and learning in schools, adding that the programme will improve the teaching and learning for six million children.

Kipsang said that 40,000 teachers will benefit from new methodologies of early grade mathematics instruction through improved in-service training and regular pedagogical supervision and support.

“Over 1.3 million pupils in participating schools who will benefit from more effective teachers as well as improved teaching-learning inputs”, he said.

An officer at World Bank-Kenya, Dr. Nalina Jena said the GPE officers will soon visit schools in Siaya, Bungoma and Laikipia Counties accompanied by Senior Education Officers.

By Kennedy Buhere

Source: Kenya News Agency