Teacher shortages caused by the mass departure of non-local teachers from North-Eastern in the aftermath of the Garissa University attack has been blamed for the poor performances by candidates in the recently released national examinations.
Speaking in Garissa after holding a consultative forum with teachers drawn from primary, secondary and tertiary institutions in the county, Garissa Governor Nathif Jama said the county would immediately recruit 150 teachers to curb the prevailing shortages in primary and secondary schools that has been blamed for the poor performance by the county public schools in national examinations.
In the last four years the county recruited some 186 teaching staff to plug the shortage but the governor said there was still a gap that was greatly affecting the performance of schools in the region.
“We have to do this because even though education was not fully devolved, we do not need our children to be devolved to assist them,” he said.
Governor Nathif criticized the national government for what he termed as ‘marginalisation’ of education in the region saying the government had taken a hands off approach to sector leaving the county and the PTA committees to deal with the challenges affecting the schools.
“It has been left to us to renovate whole dilapidated schools, build new classrooms to handle increased enrollment, fence off school land to keep away encroachments, build dormitories and multi-purpose halls to expand school capacities as well as donate school buses to various schools to ease their transportation woes. All these with our meagre resources allocated for education which begs the question where does the budget allocated for these schools go to?” The governor posed.
The governor said the county government would strive to put in place all the necessary requirements to ensure the county schools flourished in the national examinations in the coming days.
Some measures the governor announced included scholarship for teachers pursuing further examinations, restart of school feeding programme for all ECD’s and full scholarship for local youths who wish to take up teaching as a career.
Garissa KNUT Secretary General Abdirizak Hussein lauded the governor for his intervention and called on all education stakeholders in the county to work together to improve the education levels in the county.