When the Trainer is Untrained: Stakeholder Incapacitation in Implementation and Utilisation of Open Educational Resources in Kenya

  • Ann Hildah Gatakaa Kinyua Chuka University
Keywords: Open Educational Resources (OER), educational infrastructure, teacher competence

Abstract

Open Educational Resources (OER) are geared towards promoting accessibility to education and to help overcome certain constraints to education associated with traditional ways of learning. However, these OERs can only be successfully rolled out and utilised in environments already enjoying certain infrastructural empowerments, including teacher-preparedness, availability of equipment to allow use of OERs and learner exposure and knowhow. This poses a major hurdle in many public and private schools in Kenya, which are in far-flung areas without electricity, mobile-phone connectivity, Internet services and serviceable roads that allow movement to a cyber cafe where Internet services may be accessed at a fee. These difficulties are encountered by both teachers and their learners. This paper seeks to discuss the challenges faced in implementation of OERs, especially by the teachers who are expected to sensitise learners to the availability and utilisation of OERs, while they themselves are either unaware of them, poorly trained to handle them or are under-facilitated to carry out their mandate. The study was carried out in Tharaka-Nithi County, Kenya. The county was chosen because challenges related to OER have been reported there. The county has 104 secondary schools. A sample size of 45 schools representing 20% of the respondents was considered sufficient for the study. A questionnaire was used to obtain data on the teachers’ ICT competencies, their awareness of and attitudes towards OER and the challenges they faced in the implementation of OER. The study found that utilisation of OER stands at about 3% as a result of ignorance regarding OER or a negative attitude towards them, poor ICT skills amongst the teachers and poor or inadequate resources within and around the schools.

Author Biography

Ann Hildah Gatakaa Kinyua, Chuka University

Dr. Ann Hildah Kinyua is a lecturer of English and Linguistics in the Department of Humanities, Chuka University, Kenya. She holds a BEd (Arts) from Kenyatta University, an MA (English) from Egerton University and a PhD in Linguistics from Chuka University.  She is currently undertaking an MA in Forensic Linguistics at California University of Pennsylvania. Her main research interests are in syntax and morphology, linguistic typology, sociolinguistics and applied linguistics. She also has interest in education and pedagogical practice. Email: hgatakaa@chuka.ac.ke

Published
2021-03-19
How to Cite
Kinyua, A. H. G. (2021). When the Trainer is Untrained: Stakeholder Incapacitation in Implementation and Utilisation of Open Educational Resources in Kenya. Journal of Learning for Development , 8(1), 171-181. Retrieved from https://jl4d.org/index.php/ejl4d/article/view/396