The education sector in Kenya has, at all levels, witnessed massive expansion over the last decade. The enrolment levels in ECDE, primary, secondary and tertiary institutions are at the highest, while both public and private investments to education have tremendously grown since 2003. As single sector, education has the highest budget as both proportion of national budget (over 20%) and Gross Domestic Product (over 6%). During the World Education Forum held in May 2015 in Korea, Kenya committed herself to Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and lifelong learning for all by 2030. This is the fourth Sustainable Development Goal (SDG), expected to be adopted during the UN General Assembly on 15th September 2015.
The purpose of the working group is to develop the data community specific to education as a key priority area as outlined by the MTPII and FY 2015/16 budget for the Republic of Kenya as well as a sector in which there are ambitious commitments to be met. The data community will broadly articulate the role of development data in education in line with the principles articulated in the proposed African Data Consensus.
The data community resulting from this thematic pillar will provide the foundation for a more detailed review of common functions, services and capabilities to be developed and maintained by the Education Sector.
The pillar will be organized around FIVE key themes, which cut across all levels including ECDE, Primary, Secondary, Alternative Provisions, TIVET, Adult and Lifelong Learning and University:
- Access: This theme will collate and present data on access to education, taking a historical perspective and including the major drivers of access to education at all levels;
- Quality: This theme will encompass all tenets of quality, including learning outcomes, learning achievement/performance, learning environments and the various drivers of quality that are documented in data;
- Inclusion and Equity: This theme will look at the inequalities in our Kenyan education, including but not limited to gender, age, socio-economic background, geographical factors and disability;
- Relevance: This theme will look at relevance of what is learnt at all levels and its time appropriateness to the demands of the world of work, lifelong learning and self-fulfilment.
- Education management and accountability: This theme will include the use of ICTs in education, governance and management structures as well as accountability at the various levels of education.