Nairobi County Improves Quality Of Early Childhood Education By Narrowing The Teacher Pupil Ratio
The County Government of Nairobi has achieved a teacher-pupil ratio of one teacher to 35 pupils, hence improving interaction and attention between the Early Childhood Development Education learners and the tutors. The County previously had a ratio of one teacher handling 60 pupils, which made it hard to focus attention on learners with special needs. According to the County’s Ministry of Education, the County is almost achieving the recommended ratio of one teacher to 25 pupils in the ECDE centres.
Nairobi County has employed 498 trained ECDE teachers with skills to handle special-needs learners, hence improving the quality of education offered in the County. With one teacher handling 35 learners, the County aims to improve performance through the interaction offered and the close relationship between the learners and their tutors. With better teaching standards, the County has increased ECDE enrollment from 14,000 in 2017 to 30,000 pupils in 2022. To ensure there is quality education and that students are attended to as required, the County has developed quality assurance tools within all the domains of Early Childhood Development and Education in collaboration with the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD), Moran Publishers and Kenya Literature Bureau (KLB) who offer frequent Curriculum-Based Competency (CBC) trainings to all teachers.