Society / Education
Tuesday, 09 May 2017 17:51 EATamboleokata@gmail.com
Teacher absenteeism in public schools has been identified as major contributor to poor performance by learners at the primary level. According to a report released by Twaweza East Africa, an NGO that carries out research on education, only 31 percent of pupils in class three can do class two work.
The survey was carried out towards the end of 2015 in Nakuru County found out that 11 percent of class eight pupils cannot do class two work like division and multiplication.
Speaking during the launch of the report, Twaweza’s communication officer Izzah Kipruto said that most pupils in public schools are left to study on their own or remain idle all together due to failure by teachers to report to class.
She said that although pupils feel shortchanged in the process, there is little they can do to save the situation, thus contributing to a decline in education standards.
In the 2015 survey report, it was found out that two out of ten ECD schools are supported by the county governments, meaning that there is little support towards ECD education.
In Nakuru, most ECD schools lack teachers despite the county government having constructed classrooms. Ms Kipruto therefore challenged county governments to put more efforts in improving ECD education.
Similar sentiment were echoed by Masese Kemunche, programme officer at the Center for Enhancing Democracy and Good Governance (CEDGG) who said that by teachers skipping classes, parents were robbed off their money.
Stephen Kihanya, an educationist from Nakuru County, said that similar findings were made by a task-force that was formed by Governor Kinuthia Mbugua to look into causes of poor performance in primary schools in Nakuru two years ago.
The writer is contributing reporter for the Kenya Free Press based in Nakuru County