A report by the UK parliament’s International Development Committee, examining DFID's work on education, highlights how education is vital in improving lives in developing countries and conflict zones. It called on the United Kingdom to keep its position as a global leader in education and make a significant increase in the amount it spends in this arena as part of its overseas aid.
More than 90,000 primary school teachers in Kenya have been instructed to participate in a government-sponsored training to improve learning and teaching performance in primary schools. This training program, mandated under a Sh8.8 billion project funded by Global Partnership for Education, comes amidst a Teachers Service Commission (TSC) warning that head teachers in schools that post low scores may never be promoted as part of performance appraisal initiatives being implemented.
Students starting grade 1 will no longer be required to take an entry exam in all public and private schools, announced the ministry of education. The directive ensued from a review meeting in Kampala, and it is an attempt to do away with a culture of excessive tests and examinations in lower grades in favor of one that favors building competencies in learning.
The Global Partnership for Education welcomes the recently released Taormina Progress Report: Investing in Education for Mutual Prosperity, Peace and Development. The report calls on the G7 members to give greater support to GPE, which it notes has “grown to become the world’s largest multi-stakeholder partnership dedicated to helping all children access quality basic education in the world’s poorest countries.”
Minister of education Janet Museveni officiated the launch of new constructions for 84 school sites nationwide in Wakiso, Uganda, with funding by the Global Partnership for Education under the Uganda Teacher and School Effectiveness Project (UTSEP).