A CRITICAL ANALYSIS OF THE EDUCATION SECTOR IN KENYA DURING THE ONSET OF COVID-19 PERIOD

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Edwin Kubai

Abstract

The education sector has been adversely affected by the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic in the country resulting to closure of all learning institutions. Based on literature review, this paper examines the paradigm shift in the education sector in Kenya during the COVID-19 period.  Critical analysis of studies related to access to quality education in the country during the pandemic period revealed insignificant learning. This paper examines qualitative analysis of literature related to the effects of COVID-19 on the education sector and remediation measures. The Ministry of Education started offering electronic lessons for learners to learn remotely but due to lack of ICT infrastructure, less than 20% of the learners could access the electronic content. The paper highlights lack of ICT infrastructure, skills, and poor socio-economic backgrounds among learners as the main obstacles to alternative learning.  The paper proposes a systematic cyclic approach when resuming normal learning amidst the COVID-19 period. The cyclic process approach involves Prepare, Recover, and Cope with the pandemic in the education sector as the mitigation measures towards the effects of COVID-19. The stakeholders of education need to adhere strictly to the Ministry of Health protocols that encompass the cyclic process approach for the learners to resume learning progressively. The paper recommends that the Ministry of Education should provide teachers and learners with ICT infrastructure and skills to make online or blended learning a reality.

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How to Cite
Kubai, E. (2021). A CRITICAL ANALYSIS OF THE EDUCATION SECTOR IN KENYA DURING THE ONSET OF COVID-19 PERIOD. Journal of Education and Practices ISSN 2617-5444 (ONLINE) & ISSN 2617-6874 (PRINT), 3(1), 86-97. Retrieved from http://journals.essrak.org/index.php/education/article/view/202