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  • The Ministry of Education in keeping with the procedures below has been monitoring small schools over the last five years.
  • This procedure was circulated to all schools and letters were sent to schools that are under enrolment of 100 students.
  • The Ministry has now identified 24 schools that are being processed for closure for 2015/2016 school year.

INTRODUCTION
The Ministry of Education in keeping with the procedures below has been monitoring small schools over the last five years. This procedure was circulated to all schools and letters were sent to schools that are under enrolment of 100 students. Meetings have been held with all stakeholders including the churches, Members of Parliament, Board Chairmen and community members to sensitize them regarding the process as well as plans where it became necessary.
The Ministry has now identified 24 schools that are being processed for closure for 2015/2016 school year. The process for final decision is still on-going, however, and is scheduled for conclusion by the end of the current school year.

FACTORS AFFECTING VIABILITY OF SCHOOLS
Over the years, the constant shift in demography has resulted in the population in some schools being even more reduced and other schools with larger populations also started to experience significant reduction in their enrolments, resulting in under-utilisation. The phenomenon of volatile communities in urban centres has also contributed to under-utilisation and the number of schools with small population in the country. Underutilized schools are those schools where the enrolment is less than the capacity. However, there are different levels of underutilization.

Population shifts and displacement of original communities are not the only factors that contribute to underutilization and the latter is not necessarily synonymous with under-performance. Factors such as perception of school quality including leadership can also influence the movement of the school’s population.

Data from the Statistics Unit of the MOE indicates that 184 public schools offering primary level education, (primary, all age schools and primary and junior high schools), are underutilized with enrolment of 100 or less. (See table 1). Secondary schools for the most part, tend to operate above capacity except for a few schools which are located in volatile communities in the KMA…READ MORE

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