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One in ten people in Uasin Gishu is illiterate, says adult education director

“Three out of 10 people in Uasin Gishu are either totally illiterate or semi illiterate hence the need for a collective effort to encourage those who missed out in their education for different reasons to enroll for adult learning”, said the director.

By Free Press Reporternewsdesk@kenyafreepress.comMonday, 19 Sep 2016 14:55 EAT

UASIN Gishu County Director of Adult Education has cited lack of relevant teaching and learning materials as the major challenges threatening the success of the sector.

Mr Peterson Motari further says that poor pay for adult education teachers is also another impediment as well as poor turnout of adult learners as a result of inaccessibility of adult learning centres, prohibitive cost of learning materials and a curriculum not relevant to learner’s needs.

He said 31 per cent of the adult population in need for adult education are not aware of the existence of such a  programme in the county.

The Director spoke on Thursday at Ngeria Farm Prison during the 50th International Literacy Day celebrations where he said though the county’s literacy levels stands at 31.8 per cent, a paltry 5000 adults have enrolled for adult learning.

“Three out of 10 people in Uasin Gishu are either totally illiterate or semi illiterate hence the need for a  collective effort to encourage those who missed out in their education for different reasons to enroll for adult learning”, he said.

In 2015, 181 adults registered to sit for the Kenya certificate for primary education, while this year a slight increase of 192 have registered.

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