ERIC Number: ED426009
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
The School Improvement Programme of the Aga Khan Education Service, Kenya at Kisumu, Western Kenya: Evaluation Report.
Capper, Joanne; Nderitu, Shelomith; Ogula, Paul
This evaluation study was conducted at the behest of the Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) and the Institute for Policy Reform (IPR), working under contract with United States Agency for International Development. AKF's primary concern was to evaluate the effectiveness, cost-effectiveness, and the likelihood of sustainability of the School Improvement Programme (SIP) operating in Kisumu, Western Kenya. The SIP began in January 1990 with the intention to improve the quality of teaching and learning in primary schools in the Kisumu Municipality by promoting the adoption of child-centered teaching methods and developing strategies to institutionalize the process and outcomes of the effort. Data were gathered through standardized tests, observations, and interviews. Intervening variables were examined for their influence on the outcome of the tests. Overall, the likelihood that SIP's impact will be sustained over time is highly questionable owing to a variety of factors including high rates of turnover in school staff and SIP staff, limited transportation, currently untrained SIP staff, triple the size of the target audience due to expanded municipal boundaries, overriding and non-child-centered influence of the KCPE (Kenyan Certificate of Primary Education), and quality dissipation in training. Specific recommendations are offered for the program, training, and policy. The four chapters include: (1) "Background and Project Description"; (2) "Evaluation Study"; (3) "Findings"; and (4) "Discussion and Recommendations." (Contains 16 references.) (EH)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Aga Khan Foundation, Geneva (Switzerland).
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Kenya