UK to provide Sh800 million to support the presidential taskforce on reforms and advance education
The United Kingdom has pledged to donate Sh800 million to help boost education and support presidential taskforce reforms.
Speaking on Tuesday at the Eastlands Library, Foreign Secretary James Cleverly said the money will help to implement presidential task force reforms.
“I am delighted to announce a new UK programme to help deliver our aspirations for closer partnerships. We will invest 4.4 million pounds (Sh800 million) to support education reforms including the presidential task force on reforms,” he said.
President William Ruto on September 29, 2022, appointed the Presidential Working Party on Education Reform (PWPER).
They were mandated to submit the Report covering all the Terms of Reference and titled, Transforming Education, Training and Research for Sustainable Development in Kenya.
In August, the Presidential Working Party on Education Reforms submitted its report to the President.
Ruto issued a directive to the Ministry of Education to implement education reforms within the given timeframe.
Some of the recommendations included the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD) reducing learning areas in Lower Primary from 9 to 7, Upper Primary from 12 to 8, Junior Schools from 14 to 9, Pre-Primary to have 5 and Senior Schools have 7.
The committee wanted the school capitation to be increased by Sh1,170 for Pre-Primary, Double capitation to Sh2,238 for Primary level, Junior Schools Sh15,043 and Sh22,527 for Senior Schools (Day).
Others included Sh19,800 for Special Needs Institutions SNE (Day) and Sh38,280 for SNE (Boarding).
They recommended that the capitation and grants be reviewed every three years.
However, Education Cabinet Secretary Ezekiel Machogu has since halted the implementation of the presidential working group pending Parliament approval.
Machogu said the rollout will now await approval from Parliament.
UK to provide Sh800 million to support the presidential taskforce on reforms and advance education.