Society / Education
Monday, 01 Jan 2018 20:39 EATabdirahmancajab@gmail.com
Wajir East MP Rashid Kasim Amin today held talks with all primary and secondary school heads from the constituency, as well as the representatives of the Teachers Service Commission to discuss issues of school performance. The main agenda of the meeting was the region’s poor performance in last year’s KCSE and ways of maintaining improvements in KCPE.
The MP said that poor school performance was the main hindrance to development in the constituency and Wajir County as a whole, and every stakeholder concerned must double their efforts to reverse it.
The MP, whose campaign slogan during the last general elections was “Free secondary school for the people”, expressed concern that out of 1,500 students who sat for KCSE exam in Wajir East Sub-County, only 50 managed to attain C+ and above, the minimum cut-off for direct entry to public universities.
“The rest of 1,450 students less than that grade,” the MP said, calling for teachers and all stakeholders in education in the region to identify the challenges facing their performance and remedy the situation.
“Good school performance matters every time, but in our constituency, it is very important we do all we can at this moment or forever lag behind other regions in Kenya,” the MP said. He urged parents to ensure that students who failed the university cut-off are placed in middle-level colleges and polytechnics.
While noting that there was a significant improvement in last year’s KCPE, with a rising mean grade for the constituency, he said the KCSE results from the region’s 12 secondary schools did not inspire much hope.
He said he will arrange with the education team in the sub-county to organise a meeting for all the 1,450 students who won’t join the universities to make them aware of the options they still had to pursue professional careers and improve their lives.
The MP announced that his promise of free secondary school education in Wajir East will be a reality, particularly since the national government had made day secondary schools free.
“I don’t want to see any more cases of parents selling their precious animals for the purpose of school fees,” he said. He said there were five boarding schools in grazing zones which need full support on matters food and infrastructure.
He also officially announced that those students who want to pursue careers in teaching, particularly in the sciences and maths, that he will fully sponsor them. “There is a shortage of teachers in Wajir East Sub County, particularly in sciences and maths, and we should try to get as many of the students as possible taking these courses so they can come back and work in the community," the MP said.
Mr Noor Ibrahim, who is the Wajir East Sub County director of education, was one of the key stakeholders at the meeting. He thanked the MP for taking the initiative to consult with all stakeholders in improving school performance, an effort he expected to boost education in the region.
The officer said last year, enrolment for KCPE in the region was 1,931 pupils, and the mean was 246 compared to 2016 when the mean was 212, representing a 34 percent improvement.
He also regretted that the performance in KCSE was not good. On matters of free secondary school, Mr Noor said the circular from the Ministry of Education in Nairobi outlining the government's role had reached all principals of secondary schools.
He assured parents that day secondary schools would be free and thanked the MP for his initiative to make all secondary schools free in Wajir East. He said the national government will work closely with the MP so that they could jointly improve the education sector in Wajir.
Abdirahman Rashid Farah is a contributing reporter for the Kenya Free Press based in Wajir County