By Ahmed Hussein
Following the biting teacher crisis in North Eastern as a result of teachers boycotting the region, local academics have been trying to fill the void by volunteering to teach at schools.
It was the turn of Wajir Governor Abdihafidh Yarrow today as he took up chalks and taught at Wajir High School.
Yarrow who is an accountant by profession gave back to the school where he emerged the best in 1996 by teaching form four students business studies.
“I was a former student of this institution and I have a huge connection with it. This school is also a national school and I had to take some time out of my busy schedule to at least be here once in a week”
County Executive for Education Habiba Hussein appealed to county staff and other local academics to emulate the second in command of the county and also take up teaching on voluntary basis.
“I have started teaching Home science at Wajir girls and I expect other able personalities to take the onus and better our student’s future” she said.
Her appeal was seconded by the Chief Officer, Education, Abdullahi Maalim who said that his department was currently coordinating voluntary teaching activities in the county and urged former teachers, trainers and the larger county and corporate staff to emulate the Deputy Governor.
The school’s deputy principal Mr. Idle Haret expressed his gratitude on behalf of the students for the selfless services offered by the county leader.
“I am out of words to describe the Deputy Governor’s service. He is the first one to do so and it has left all the school beaming. I want to thank him on behalf of the entire school” said Haret
The initiative comes as the Governor recently pledged the County will train 500 teachers to meet its educational needs.
North eastern Kenya has been hit by education crisis after Education Cabinet Secretary Professor Joseph Kaimenyi’s comments last week that the schools in the area will be closed.
However, the assumption of teaching roles by stakeholders could aid the counties in revamping the education sector in the region.