COVID-19 response

Allocation: US$11 million

Years: 2020-2021

Grant agent: World Bank

Key documents:

The US$11 million grant supports:

  • expanding access and delivery of online content to all students in basic education through radio, television, e-cloud, and mobile phones
  • training teachers and curriculum supervision officers in distant teaching methodologies
  • an integrated monitoring and evaluation system for remote learning interventions
  • parents and caregivers to monitor student learning
  • protection and safety of all learners, especially girls, during school closures
  • a smooth transition back to school through a school meals program; mentorship services for girls, including girls with special needs and disability; online psychosocial support services; communication on gender-based violence prevention for teachers, parents, and students
  • building capacity of ministry staff to conduct virtual meetings during the COVID-19 period and beyond.

The initiatives above are based on the Ministry of Education COVID-19 response plan.

In late March 2020, the UNICEF office in Kenya received a GPE grant of US$140,000 to support the Ministry of Education in planning its response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Education in Kenya

Kenya’s education sector plan for 2018-2022 is a sector-wide plan that outlines the policy priorities along with programs and strategies for the education sector over the next five years. The plan builds on the successes and challenges of the 2013-2018 plan.

Primary school access and completion has greatly improved in both rural and urban areas, with gaps in counties in the north and north east. Overall, girls are more likely to stay in primary, transition to secondary and complete secondary compared to boys, but girls are severely disadvantaged in the arid and semi-arid regions in the north.

The Teacher Service Commission (TSC), an independent constitutional body reporting directly to the President of the Republic, is responsible for recruitment, deployment, training and performance appraisal of teachers.

Kenya’s local education group is called Education Development Partners Coordination Group, a highly representative stakeholder forum set up to support the ministry of Education in the successful implementation of the 2013–2018 education plan. In Kenya, development partners have been highly engaged in coordinating programs while overseeing the development of the new education sector plan.

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Latest grant

Development objective: Improve early grade mathematics competency and strengthen management systems at school and national levels.
Allocation: US$9,700,000
Years: 2020-2022
Grant agent: WB
Disbursements: US$1,000,000

The US$88.4 million GPE grant aims to improve early grade mathematics competency and strengthen management systems at school and national levels. The US$9.7 million additional financing will support the Government of Kenya to consolidate the gains in basic mathematics competency to further strengthen children’s foundational numeracy skills.

The additional financing focuses on four components:

  1. Improvement of early grade mathematics competency – By providing supervision/pedagogical support to teachers on the application of early grade mathematics methodologies in the classroom
  2. Strengthening school management and accountability – By integrating good school management practices and accountability mechanisms drawn from the school improvement plan
  3. Strengthening capacity for evidence-based policy development at national level – By producing and disseminating a statistical booklet on secondary education for 2019-2020; collecting of granular level data on the number of girls re-entering basic education; and providing technical training for the National Assessment Center staff
  4. Project coordination, communication, and monitoring and evaluation – By financing a survey on grade 2 students’ basic math competency; a study on teacher appraisal and professional development, and a study on equitable allocation of the student’s capitation grants.

The US$9.7 million grant will support the implementation of policies and or actions to reinforce equity, quality and efficiency in learning outcomes.

To improve learning outcomes the government will establish and roll out of a competency-based assessment for early education. With regards to equity, the government will adopt this competency-based assessment for students with special needs and disabilities. For efficiency, the government will increase the share of public schools complying with selected key elements of the new school capitation grant guidelines and operational manual.

The US$3 million results-based portion of the grant is keyed to achieving results in early education, extending educational opportunities to learners with special needs and disabilities, and schools’ compliance with new administrative guidelines to strengthen efficiency.


All amounts are in US dollars.

Grant type Years Allocations Disbursements Grant agent  
COVID-19 2020-2021 11,000,000 0 WB  
Program implementation 2020-2022 9,700,000 1,000,000 WB  
2015-2020 88,400,000 85,418,885 WB Progress report
2005-2008 121,000,000 121,000,000 WB  
Sector plan development 2013-2014 248,350 248,350 WB  
Program development 2018-2019 199,898 189,629 WB  
2014-2015 293,488 293,488 WB  
2014-2015 50,000 50,000 WB  
  Total 230,891,736 208,200,352    
Data last updated: March 15, 2021

GPE has also provided the Elimu Yetu Coalition (EYC) with a grant from the Civil Society Education Fund, to support its engagement in education sector policy dialogue and citizens’ voice in education quality, equity, and financing and sector reform.

Education sector progress

The graphs below show overall progress in the education sector in Kenya, and GPE data shows the country progress on 16 indicators monitored in the GPE Results Framework.

Primary completion rate

Lower secondary completion rate

Out-of-school rate for children of primary school age

Out-of-school rate for adolescents of lower secondary school age

Pre-primary gross enrollment rate

Gender parity index for out-of-school rate

Public expenditure on education as share of GDP

Students/trained teacher ratio

Teachers trained

Source: World Bank - Education Data
Data on education are compiled by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Institute for Statistics from official responses to surveys and from reports provided by education authorities in each country.

Last updated June 15, 2020