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Sunday, 1 March 2015

MP blames cheap politics, sloth for poor grades

Kiminini MP Chris Wamalwa has said laziness and cheap politics among teachers are the major reasons for poor performance in public schools.
Addressing headteachers of various primary schools at the Kiminini CDF offices in Kitale  during a one-day workshop aimed at identifying why public schools are not performing like private ones, Wamalwa asked teachers to work as a team and improve the students’ performance.
He said the CDF office is investing more in education and there is need for teachers to also pull up their socks by working hard. The MP pointed out lack of effective supervision, politics in schools among teachers and parents are contributing factors and challenged headteachers to forge good working relationship with members of staff so that they can collectively lift up the academic standards of the schools.
Wamalwa asked the director of Teachers Service Commission in the county Samuel Marigat and the district education officer Enock Okwemba to transfer headteachers and teachers who have overstayed in one school as that might be one of the contributing factors to poor performance. He said some junior teachers have found it difficult to respect their heads who want change, saying such teachers should be transferred  for the sake of good performance of primary school.
He asked teachers not to concentrate on Class Seven and Eight but lay a foundation from Class One that will enable the pupils as they reach Class Eight, have high chances of passing their national examinations. Trans Nzoia county has 338 public schools and 158 private schools, 157 public and 117 private secondary schools. Kiminini constituency has 62 public primary schools with 99 private ones. In last year’s KCPE result, Kiminini had a mean score 265.334. The best performing primary schools  were St Anne Academy, Bekeke, Mukuyu, Nyasi, Milimani, Makindu, Sirende, Namanda, Mucharage, Kiminini, Kiungani and Nabunga.
The last schools included Nabiswa, Machungwa, Limuli, St Veronica, Toro, Sikhendu, Nakwanga, Masaba, Big Tree, Chalicha, Milele and Misemwa. The headteachers of various schools that did not perform well had a variety of reasons with some saying junior staff who have overstayed do not want to cooperate with headteachers and do not want to embrace change from young teachers.
The headteacher of St Anne’s Academy which led in last year’s KCPE results in Trans Nzoia Pius Wafula said poor performance in public schools is caused by lack of enough facilities, laziness of teachers and lack of cooperation.
He said parents and teachers in public schools are not close to pupils and lack role models causing poor performance in most public schools in the county.
Wafula requested the education department in the county to help equip public schools with facilities so as to compete with private ones.
St Anne’s Academy led in the entire county last year with a mean score of 363 and took 17 pupils to national schools. He said this year, they are targeting a mean score of 373.The school took position one 2012, three in 2013 and position one last year. Wafula appreciated the Kiminini MP for investing and raising education standards in the constituency. The MP was accompanied by director for education in the county Joseph Omocho, DEO Okwemba, TSC director  Marigat, Trans Nzoia West district education officer Enock Okwemba and the principal of St Anthony School, Cosmas Nabungolo.