Audit of languages teaching kicks off

The Education Ministry will from today, start assessing the effectiveness of the teaching of English and Kiswahili in Class One and Two in public primary schools across the country.

Known as Classroom Observation, the exercise will entail senior education officials and administrators sitting in an actual classroom environment, watching, and taking notes of the way teachers handle literacy lessons.

The aim of the exercise is to provide teachers with constructive critical feedback aimed at improving their classroom management and instructional techniques.

The two-day exercise, which is being conducted under the Let’s Read Programme, code-named Tusome, is being funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the British Department for International Development at a cost of $53.8million (Sh5.4 billion).

Briefing the ministry staff at the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD) yesterday, Director General Robert Masese lauded the programme saying the model of textbook distribution adopted had helped the government save Sh13 billion in buying textbooks for other learners in primary and secondary schools.

The ministry has distributed 19 million English and Kiswahili textbooks to 5.4 million pupils in public primary schools. The programme, whose implementation began in 2015, targeted 5.4 million children in public primary schools, 100,000 learners in alternative basic institutions, 48,000 teachers in public primary schools, 2,000 Teachers in alternative basic education institutions among others beneficiaries.

The programme seeks to achieve improved delivery methods and instruction, improved access to text books and supplementary materials, enhanced support supervision of teachers by Teacher Advisory Centre (TACs), coaches and head teachers, enhanced of ICT to support literacy, and enhanced capacity of education sector.

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