Education officers will now carry out weekly inspection of primary and secondary schools to ensure high standards are maintained in learning institutions. A communiqué sent by the Ministry of Education requires the officers to spend at least three days every week inspecting basic education institutions.
Cabinet secretary Fred Matiang’i said the exercise will monitor teaching and learning to ensure adherence to the curriculum. The officers are expected to inspect basic hygiene and assess classrooms, dormitories and food offered in the institutions.
The unprecedented move is also expected to contain the chronic teachers’ absenteeism synonymous with public schools. He spoke when he opened the Amboseli International School in Kajiado county, a private secondary school offering 8-4-4 system of education as well as the IGSE.
Matiang’i said frequent inspection of schools ensures that the policies and standards of education are effectively implemented. “There can be no quality education if teachers are not in class and if there are no instructional materials,” the CS noted. He also underscored the need for schools to be concerned about developing the creativity and growth of children.