The Government is set to award Sh500,000 to primary schools that have performed dismally in the past three consecutive national examinations to help them improve their quality.
Schools that scored below the national mean grade of 243 will benefit from the program that is sponsored by the Global Partnership for Education and supervised by the World Bank.
As it stands, each of the 4,000 schools will receive the Sh500,000 under the project that is being implemented by the Ministry of Education ,through the Primary Education Development Programme (PRIEDE).
[caption caption="Education CS Fred Matiang'i"][/caption]
According to the director of projects at the Ministry, Mr Elyas Abdi, Sh300,000 had already been disbursed and the balance will be completed next year.
These funds are meant to be used by the schools to improve in two subject areas of their choice and infrastructure.
“The programme basically seeks to improve the schools that have not been performing well, which has largely been blamed on the inadequacy of resources,” stated Mr Abdi.
He was speaking at Moi Nyeri Complex on Thursday during the training of 81 primary school headteachers from Nyeri County to improve their management skills.
The 2017 KCPE results were released last week and the top candidate was Goldalyn Kakuya, who scored 455 marks out of a possible 500 marks.
The top school in the country was little-known Fred's Academy in Meru County which registered a mean score of 419 marks.
All the 55 candidates who sat for the examination at the school are set to gain admission to national schools.
[caption caption="President Uhuru Kenyatta and Top KCPE Candidate Goldalyn Kakuya"][/caption]
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