School Improvement Programme (SIP) funds has contributed to better performance of schools, Report

School Improvement Programme (SIP) funds has contributed to better performance of schools, Report

A new report has revealed top five schools per region that have registered remarkable improvement in academic, institutions management and accountability among 4,000 schools placed under government intervention to boost best practices. 

The report lists five top schools per region that have excelled under the School Improvement Programme (SIP) aimed at increasing early grade mathematics competencies and strengthening management systems.

SIP is a Ministry of Education project under the Sh8 billion Global Partnership for Education funding. It has been implemented under the Kenya Primary Education Development project from 2015-2019.

The 40 schools spread across eight regions emerged best displaying excellent results.

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They are spread across Bungoma, Busia, Meru, Isiolo, Embu, Mombasa, Lamu, Garissa, Wajir, Homabay Migori, Elgeyo Marakwet, Nandi, Kirinyaga, Kiambu, Nairobi, Elgeyo Marakwet and Nyeri counties.

These improved schools previously posted lower performance – below the national average of 243 marks – but have now registered good results after four years of funding.

The details are contained in the report on assessment of SIP good practices.

The report finds that the SIP project played a critical role in improving learning outcomes and enhancing school management systems.

The survey covered seven sub themes which include school management and accountability, school improvement planning, financial management and accountability and curriculum and instruction.

Other areas were school specific KCPE analysis, teacher performance appraisal and development, school environment, physical infrastructure, water, sanitation and pupil welfare. Overall, the report reveals that most schools under the programme have now instituted Boards of Management (BOMs) and were running dedicated sub-committees.

On curriculum and instruction, the schools had established internal quality assurance and subject panels to monitor syllabus coverage and improve performance.The survey also brought out key issues like needs for schools to adopt a holistic approach in aspects of school management.

“Most schools had made significant progress toward becoming child friendly as indicated by suitable learning environment; adequate physical facilities and general welfare of pupils,” reads the report.

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