The success of Free Primary Education in Kenya
Millions of children around the world are deprived of the right to education. The result: One out of three children never see the inside of a classroom. Ministry of Education works with other Ministries, national governments and development partners to achieve universal free primary education and gender equality by 2015.
April 26, 2005 - (UNESCO) UNESCO Nairobi in collaboration with the Ministry of education and kenyan government has carried out an assessment of the free primary education programme in Kenya, introduced in January 2003. The aim of this assessment was to document the experiences gained in this process and to use them to address emerging challenges.
In 2002, many primary schools were overstretched by unexpected high enrolment of students following the introduction of universal free primary education for all kenyan pupils countrywide.
Since then (2002) the Ministry of Education, Parents and other stakeholder jointly have supported and improved on this programme to realize its noble mandate of providing quality education equitably in the whole country.
The number of primary school pupils has risen from 5m to more than 8m since the programme was launched.
The ministry of education now plans to introduce day wings in some boarding schools and double shifts in some urban schools to cope with the pressure.
"We are optimistic that these measures will accommodate the projected transition of students and I urge all parents to ensure no child fails to attend school," President Kibaki said.
But the Kenya National Union of Teachers asked the government to first address the safety of teachers and the need to reconstruct schools that were destroyed during the elections clashes.
"We are currently doing an audit but it's certain very many teachers and students have been affected by the violence and we are strongly appealing to the government to help so that learning can proceed in peace," said Francis Ng'ang'a, the then retired, teaching union's general secretary.
The government has also warned institutions against introducing illegal levies that may frustrate its efforts to boost countrywide secondary school enrolment.
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