Kilifi, KENYA: A campaign has been launched in Kilifi County that seeks to facilitate mutual accountability from all stakeholders in the education sector; so as to improve the education standards in the county.
The campaign dubbed Husika Campaign ; was launched by the county executive in charge of education Salma Muhiddin on Tuesday in Kilifi town.
It focuses on enabling all stakeholders in the education sector; parents, local authorities like Chiefs, MCAs, headteachers; to act collaboratively so as to improve learning in public schools.
The campaign is a project of an NGO called Uwezo, and is as a result of a previous research conducted by them; which indicated that children attending private schools outperform their public schools peers by 10% in literacy and numeracy.
The research also established that Kilifi County has the highest number of children absent from school; of which 21% of children aged 6-16 years don’t attend classes.
This absenteeism is said to be occasioned by the teacher impact directly on the amount of time available for learning in class.
Speaking during the launch, the county education executive Salma Muhiddin, urged the entire stake holders in the education sector to join hands together and improve the education standards.
“Improving our education standards should never be left to one person or one organization. We should come together as a ministry, the TSC, teachers, parents and everyone to improve our education,” said Salma.
Brezhnev Otieno, advocacy manager for Kenya Twaweza East Africa, said that the campaign seeks to increase the time spent on learning for quality learning.
“This campaign aims at making sure the time spent on learning is increased. Both the teacher and learners are in class for the required four hours and forty minutes as put by the government.” said Mr. Otieno.
Several education stakeholders were present during the launch including officials from the TSC.
The campaign is set to begin in 18 schools in Kilifi County through three sub-counties, i.e Malindi, Kaloleni and Ganze.