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BY JOAN WANJIKU,NAIROBI,24TH MAY 2018- Report of a research conducted by Twaweza east Africa indicates that 58 percent of Kenyans do not know about the new school curriculum 2-6-3-3.
The research says only 28 percent of Kenyans have ever heard about the existence of the new curriculum most of them are residents of urban areas compared to those living in rural areas.
Speaking during the release of the report Victor Rateng who is the senior programs coordinator at Twaweza says 4 out of 10 Kenyans are happy with improvement of educations standards in public schools mainly contributed by free secondary and primary education.
However 91 percent of Kenyans do not understand the procedure or methodology used by government to fund the free education program.
”There is need for more awareness campaign about the entire issue which clearly is still a big issue with many Kenyas”.he said.
The report also says Parents are worried about inadequate number of teachers in schools with .40 % of parents at pre-primary levels saying teachers were not enough 46% from primary level and 35% in secondary school levels.
Addressing the media in Nairobi Victor Rateng of Sauti za Wananchi at Twaweza says that the largest group of citizens 22% also name teacher shortages as the main challenge arising from making education free, followed closely 20% who say there is poor teacher performance.
The report also says 42% of the Kenyans are divided on whether the quality of education has improved 32% are deteriorated since schools became free.
He has urged parents to be more interested in their children’s education such as helping with homework or talking with teachers.