7 Thika Schools Shortlisted to Benefit From World Bank’s 80B Project.


Seven Primary Schools in the former Thika Municipality are among the 1st lucky beneficiaries of the Ksh. 80 Billion Kenya Primary Education Development Project spearheaded by the World Bank.

They are; Thika Muslim Primary School, Jamuhuri Primary School, Garissa Road Primary School, Athena Primary School, Karibaribi Primary School, Kisiwa Primary School and Umoja Primary School.

This was revealed by Thika West Sub-County Director of Education Mr. John Ndundu during the region’s Education Stakeholders’ meeting held on Wednesday at The Destiny church hall in Thika.

The Global Partnership for Education (GPE) approved the grant to the Ministry of Education Science and Technology to help Kenya address key challenges in primary education as well to provide catalytic funding to help Kenya address areas not yet fully covered by other initiatives.

The project, scheduled to run up to 2018, was designed with strategic input from the Education Development Partners Coordination Group (EDPCG), and builds on piloted programmes supported by both Government and Development Partners the donors, including Primary Mathematics and Reading (PRIMR) initiative, Teacher Performance and Integrity in Kenya (TePIK), Education for the Marginalised Children in Kenya (EMACK) and Education Management Information System (EMIS).

The project is well aligned with the GPE goals: - Ensuring that all children master basic literacy and numeracy by early grades; and building national systems that have capacity and integrity to deliver, support and assess education quality. It is in line with the GPE focus targeting resources to the most marginalised groups, including schools with children with disabilities, schools in rural and nomadic communities in the ASAL with low female enrolment as well as schools in urban poor settlements.

Thika West Sub-County was allocated 16 slots in total with 94 Schools in Kiambu County benefitting from the 1st phase of the piloting project.

In this regard, the management of all primary schools in Kenya will henceforth be ran by a Board of Management (B.O.M), as opposed to the Parents Teachers Association (P.T.A.). The B.O.M. will have the powerful role of disciplining and interdicting teachers as well as managing the finances and affairs of the school just as the Board of Governors in secondary Schools.

The B.O.M. in each school will constitute of a membership of 14 people, 6 of them nominated from the 8 members of the school PTA. The P.T.A. chairman will be an automatic addition to the B.O.M making them 7 in total. The other seven will appointed by the District Education Board to include special interests and sponsors.

All board members must have attained a Form Four level of education.

Among those present in the meeting included Thika West Assistant Deputy County Commissioner Madam Jane Chabira Manene, Thika Branch KNUT Secretary Mr. Joe Mungai Ngige, officials from the Education Office, all Thika chiefs and their assistants, a representative each of Thika Town MP Alice Ng'ang'a and Hospital Ward MCA Mwangi Wamwangi, head-teachers and parents of all Thika Township primary schools.
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