The Alternative Providers for Basic Education and Training (APBET) officials say they are ready to implement the ministry of education guidelines.
The guidelines target service providers who support education in the informal settlements in major towns.
APBET national chairman Charles Ouma said in Mombasa that they have started sensitization forums for stakeholders to ensure full compliance with the guidelines for the informal learning institutions.
The guidelines provide that APBET shall not only teach approved Kenya Institute for Curriculum Development’s (KICD) syllabi for the curriculum offered at the institution but that they will also adhere to timetabling guidelines for subjects and courses as provided by the Ministry of education.
The guidelines also require that all APBET teachers meet the minimum entry requirements in terms of training for the level they will be teaching.
It sets that a minimum of 30% of the teachers at an institution of APBET shall have obtained a relevant teacher training certificate from a recognized institution at registration.
Ouma said they need government recognition and help as APBET seeks to reach the less privileged in the community.
He noted that education offers escape from poverty and that APBET is doing all it can to make sure all children have access to that education.
‘We strive to give meaning to the government effort of achieving education for all which is a major challenge in most African countries’ said Ouma at the St. Mary’s Catholic church in Mombasa during a sensitization forum.
APBET secretary general Juma Lubambo says the government should support community schools with resources as they cater for pupils from poor backgrounds.
Lubambo said they need government help in the provision of text books, learning materials and laptops just like ordinary schools.
Rose Nyawira a Mombasa county APBET official said they should not be discriminated as far as resource allocation are concerned as they cater for Kenyan children from poor families.
‘The government should strive to eliminate all barriers to the provision of quality education’ she said.