Only 20% of Learners are Taking Online, Radio and TV Lessons
According to a survey by Uwezo Kenya (an initiative to improve literacy and numeracy competencies among children aged 6-16), more than 80 percent of children currently at home after schools were closed in March to curb the Coronavirus spread, have no access to home learning platforms.
The situation is especially worse for learners in public schools where only 28.2% have access to digital learning compared to 55.7% private school learners.
In lower primary, nearly half (48.1%) of children in private schools are learning online, compare to 16.5% percent in public primary schools.
Study also revealed that majority of parents were not actively participating in their children's home learning.
The report cited lack of electricity and smartphones, poverty, poor Internet and poor mobile networks, as well as low parental literacy among key challenges frustrating home learning.
The Ministry of Education has been implementing a digital learning programme through online, radio and TV channels since President Kenyatta announced closure of schools on March 16 to contain coronavirus spread.
Under the arrrangement, learners have been accessing lessons through the Kenya Broadcasting Corporation radio channel, Edu-channel TV, Edu TV on YouTube, and the Kenya Education Cloud.
Uwezo Kenya found out that although less than half of the students accessed lessons through TV, it remained the most preferred medium.
Only 19?cessed lessons through radio, with 27% relying on WhatsApp to access education material sent from schools.
A report by MoE also indicates that 98% of the children are aware of radio and television channels.
The Ministry however reports about three quarters of children in public schools (69 percent) are not even aware of online learning programmes.
Indeed, it's tough times for learners at home.