Quality Assurance and Standards



Mr. Mohammed Mwinyipembe

Acting Director

Quality Assurance and Standards


 Our Mandate: The Directorate derives its mandate from the Education Act, Cap 211, of the Laws of Kenya that states "The Minister shall appoint officers with authority to enter and inspect any school, or any place at which it is of reasonably suspected that a school is being conducted, at any time, with or without notice, and to report to him with respect to the school or any aspect thereof"

 Our Vision: To provide Quality Assurance and Standards Assessment Services to all education and training institutions.

 Our Mission: To establish, maintain and improve educational standards.



 Our Background:  Quality Assurance and Standards in Education in Kenya, is a function of the Directorate of Quality Assurance and Standards which is the professional arm of Ministry of Education. Though there existed a supervisory system during the colonial period on the formal schooling system which was established by 1927, the modern Inspectorate in independent Kenya was initiated through the recommendations of the Kenya Education Commission of 1964. The directorate was set up over 30 years ago.

The directorate was renamed recently so in 2003 (it was formerly the Inspectorate Division) after the rationalization of the operations of the Ministry of Education headquarters staff and the setting up of the five directorates manning education. These included the Directorate of Basic Education, Directorate of Policy and Planning, Directorate of Quality Assurance and Standards, Directorate of Higher Education and the Directorate of Technical Education (the latter two have since been moved to the Ministry of Higher Education and Ministry of Science and Technology). The mandate of the Directorate subsequently changed from that of control to the one of quality audit and quality development with a view to providing support services to all education institutions and stakeholders.

 Our Objectives: To:-

  • Have a regular reporting to the Ministry of Education on the general quality of education in Kenya at national, provincial, district and school levels with reports on specific aspects of education as required.
  • Monitor the performance of teachers and educational institutions in accordance with all-round standard performance indicators.
  • Ensure the equitable distribution of teachers by working out the curriculum based establishment (secondary/college) and class-based staffing (primary).
  • Carry out regular and full panel quality assurance and standards assessment of all education institutions on a regular basis.
  • Advise on the provision of proper and adequate physical facilities in all educational institutions.
  • Ensure that the appropriate curriculum is operational in institutions.
  • Organize and administer co-curricular activities with a view to developing an all-round child.


Our Core Values: Our core values are derived from the Ministry of Education Charter to reflect the Directorate objectives.

 1. Impartial Judgment – This is demonstrated by ensuring that our judgments are secure, first hand, reliable, valid, comprehensive, prognostic and corporate.
 2. Respect for Value Added Progress - By examining entry behaviour and assessing the value added and progress made on individual learner and institution.
 3. Integrity – upholding transparency and accountability through objective quality assurance and standards assessment and reporting.
 4. Professionalism – capacity building of the officers on the job and subject mastery and skills upgrading of teachers through in-servicing and conducting Teachers Proficiency Course.
 5. Team work - by carrying out our activities as panels and embracing the participation of other stakeholders by using lay – Quality Assurance and Standards officers/education officers/relevant professionals, etc. Secondly, by corroborating the findings.
6. Quality Assurance – by establishing, developing and monitoring educational and training standards through quality audit and control and giving feedback to stakeholders.
 7. Fidelity to Law – all our operations are carried out in respect to the legal mandate in Education Act CAP. 211 Part V Section 18 and Subsidiary Legislations and other policy frameworks like Sessional Paper No. 1 of 2005.
 8. Good Rapport – by using collegial approach and respect of individual differences and resources and regional disparities.



Operations and Emerging Issues
Standards Assessment (P)
Standards Assessment (S)
Standards Assessment (T)
Early Childhood Development
Special Needs Education
Non-Formal Education
Teacher Education
Adult and Continuing Education
Special Programmes
Co-Curricular Activities

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