Issues that still haunt the education sector may continue to impact negatively on the performance of public schools if they are not dealt with as soon as possible.
Speaking in a meeting with the Teachers Service Commission officials- West Pokot branch, Governor Prof John Lonyangapuo said that many schools have been thrust at controversies that has had a negative impact on many schools in this county.
He pointed out that most principals and headteachers have not been working closely with the necessary stakeholders, thereby resulting in issues that have threatened the education sector.
“Education is the lifeline of the Republic of Kenya. We need to be committed in ensuring that our children get the best quality of education. We cannot mix it with external factors.”
The governor in reference to issues that had been raised earlier by the officials ranging from understaffing of teachers to appraisals, said that the county government will liaise with TSC in recruitment of more teachers as there is still a shortage of 1691 teachers in primary schools and 828 in secondary schools.
He also said that meetings will be held once a year with teachers and every term with the school heads to streamline issues through consultation. He gave out his assurance that needy students will be receiving bursaries,” We will talk with school heads so that we can identify students whose parents are having a challenge paying fees. Those are the students who should and will benefit from it.”
The County Director of education Jared Odiero urged the governor to support them especially in carrying out standards assessment to improve the quality of education in this county. he said that teachers and their heads will work to ensure students get the deserved quality education, citing the need for cooperation to achieve success.
The county secretary Dr. Michael Parklea said the county is on the right footing in education matters, pointing out that cooperation and consultation is key in achieving success.