Gov’t launches two major education programmes

Gov't launches two major education programmes

The Ministry of Education wants to align two major programmes – Tusome and Global Partnership in Education – which aim at strengthening the teaching of literacy and numeracy skills to class one and two children in public primary schools respectively, this is according to the Principal Secretary for Education Dr. Belio Kipsang.

Kipsang said the alignment would enable the Ministry implement the two projects more efficiently and effectively to avoid duplication of work.

Kipsang was speaking when he met the President of RTI International, DR. Wayne Holden at Jogoo House.

Dr. Holden said the programme will enable the learners to develop the skills necessary for quality education in their subsequent educational experience.

He said the Tusome Programme was the biggest educational programme RTI was participating in and looked forward to its success.

RTI International is the Implementing Partner of Lets Read, code-named Tusome, which is being implemented by Kenya’s Ministry of Education, Science and Technology and is funded by the United States Agency for International Development and the British Department for International Development at cost USD53.8million.

RTI draws from its vast experience delivering early grade reading programs worldwide to develop a variety of strategies for implementing Tusome.

At the same, GPE programme code-named The Kenya Primary Development Project, (PRIEDE) aims to improve the teaching of mathematics in class one and two from January 2016.

The Ministry of Education Science and Technology has received a grant of USD 88.4 million from the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) under the supervision of the World Bank to support Early Grade Mathematics (EGM) public primary school education sub-sector in Kenya.

The grant, approved by the Global Partnership for Education (GPE), will benefit 6 million pupils in grade 1 and 2 who will benefit from improved early grade mathematics 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 programmes.

The Ministry of Education, has initiated the two programmes in conjunction with development partners to strengthen literacy and numeracy in at the initial stage of the children’s formal education.  Strong literacy and numeracy provide a firm foundation for quality educational experience the beneficiaries of the programmes ought to have.

The two programmes is based on  the Primary Math and Reading(PRIMR) Initiative, a program implemented by MOEST with financial support from USAID and technical support from an NGO namely RTI International from 2011 to 2014. PRIMR Implementation indicated that Teacher Advisory Centre (TAC) tutors and teachers can improve the quality of Instruction and pupil outcomes significantly.

The results indicated that PRIMR initiated well designed syllabus based teacher guides, Intensive teacher training and targeted ongoing support through TAC Tutors can improve Instruction leading to significant gains in Pupil Literacy and Numeric Performance.

In attendance included the Education Secretary, Mrs. Leah Rotich, and Chief Party of Tusome, Dr. Benjamin Piper, Regional Director, Executive Vice President International Development Group, RTI International, Paul Weissenfold, and senior officials in the Ministry.

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