Bad leadership to blame for poor results
Poor political leadership has been blamed for the poor results witnessed in last year’s Kenya Certificate of Secondary education – KCSE in Butere and Khwisero constituencies.
Speaking during a consultative meeting with teachers in the constituencies, Kakamega branch Kenya National Union of Teachers – Knut chairman Patrick Chungani said that lack of peace and constant conflicts in the area have contributed to poor results and learning environment.
“The move by some members of the county assembly to parade teachers in their wards who have performed well or poorly in funerals cannot contribute positively to the education sector or improve grades” said Chungani.
He further added that the political confusion being witnessed in the areas will definitely lead to poor performance.
“There is need for the teachers in these constituencies, to replace their sitting members of parliament as they have caused too much confusion politically and now influencing poor performance in schools.” Said Chungani.
Speaking at the same event Kakamega branch KNUT secretary Mr. Acadius Liyai said that it was evident that there is a big gap between the community and the serving Member of Parliament as he was absent at this important event.
“It is so difficult to deal with or represent an absentee MP and it therefore remains evident that the problem in Khwisero remains poor leadership.” Said Liyai.
Kakamega county governor Wycliffe Oparanya who also graced the event urged the Khwisero Member of Parliament to increase funds allocated to the education sector to aid in infrastructure in schools.
“Following the agreement between the counties and the national government where constituency development fund kitty will fund infrastructure in schools, am calling upon the area MP to increase the budget allocated for education.” Said Governor Oparanya.
He also urged the national government to ensure that they employ enough teachers in schools to fast track education and yield good results.
Of concern was also the fact that Khwisero MP Benjamin Andola did not attend this important function.
Butere MP Andrew Toboso who was in attendance noted that some improvements had to be made as it was worrying that the two constituencies share a lot in common and always move together.
He called for cooperation among all stakeholders in the education sector to help turn around the results and return to their top position.
Education stakeholders in the region are a worried lot over the poor results after Butere and Khwisero constituencies led from the bottom emerging number 11 and 12 respectively out of the 12 constituencies in the county.