Lugari MP Nabii Daraja Nabwera has promised to give education first priority and ensure the area regains its lost academic glory.
Speaking during Board of Management meeting at Chekalini secondary school and Vuyika secondary school where he officially opened an administration block constructed by the National Government Constituency Development Fund NG-CDF Nabii regretted the dwindling academic standards that have ranked the constituency last in Kakamega County.
Nabii said he cannot stand by and watch former academic giants from the area such as St. Luke’s Lumakanda Boys, Kivaywa boys, St. Paul’s Lugari Boys, Archbishop Njenga Girls High School among others which used to perform so well going down the drain.
He said it was disheartening that for almost ten years schools in the constituency have continued to perform dismally with none registering even a single mean grade A in Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE).
The MP disclosed that he had picked on several school from every ward across the six wards in the constituency which he will use to improve academic standards.
“Mistakes happen and I want to assure you that Lugari is back on the drawing board, retracing its steps, perhaps to make a giant leap in the race to reclaim its past glory in academic,” said Nabii.
He said education is part of the foundation of all progress and growth both as an individual and as a society.
“I have identified and I will continue to prioritize education as the foundation upon which sustainable development can be built on,” said the lawmaker
He urged parents to be actively involved in their children’s academic development with a view to helping them realize their potential.
He also appealed to Schools Board of Management and Parents Associations to be firm and take proper charge of their mandate in schools they represent.
Noting that there was need for the board to understand their legal mandate to actualize their duties, Nabii, said that members should guard against being manipulated by some principals who may want to enhance and boost their power and exploit their position.
He said the board members should always maintain proper management so as to ensure quality academic as well as social standards.
He added that the members should uphold the integrity of schools by speaking well of and making the welfare of their students and teachers a priority for better results.
“It’s the responsibility of the PA representatives to ensure parents pay schools fees on time to avoid interference of learning programs,” said Nabii.
He at the same time promised to reward any student who manage grade A in KCSE examinations with a laptop and Kshs 20,000 with the teachers who students will score grade A in the subjects they teach getting Kshs 2,000 for every A plain grade scored.
He said this was a way of motivating other candidates to focus on their education and do better in their final examinations.