Kapenguria MP Samuel Moroto has faulted the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) and the Ministry of Education over the frequent transfer of headteachers saying it has contributed greatly to mass failure in the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) in West Pokot County.
Moroto said delocalization of teachers has affected education standards in the County because the terrain in West Pokot County doesn’t favor teachers who were moved from comfortable zones to hardship areas.
Speaking in Ptoo primary school after meeting with Chekomos location elites, Moroto noted that most teachers pack or resign after being transferred to West Pokot County because they are not physically fit for the hilly terrains where the schools are located. “A teacher from Bungoma County where there are no hilly grounds can not teach in West Pokot County because he or she is not used to the rough and tough terrain. That’s why most of the transferred teachers-when they reach West Pokot County-are not motivated to work,” said Moroto.
He said most of the teachers transferred to West Pokot have resigned and resorted to farming as the County grapples with a shortage of teachers resulting to poor performances both at primary and secondary schools.
He urged the officials at TSC to visit West Pokot and assess the situation before transferring teachers frequently to hard ship zones.
He noted that teachers who are used to the weather and terrain in West Pokot County should be left to teach in places where they know the challenges that befall them because they are used to the challenges.
Moroto further faulted KNEC’s decision to mark the exams quickly, saying the process wasn’t accurate.
He said KNEC should consider extending the marking time before releasing exam results and pay the teachers marking exams well so as to reduce suspicion of reckless marking.
He noted that he is not impressed about the KCSE 2019 results where no single candidate scored a plain A in West Pokot County. “Where are we taking our students who failed exams?” he posed.