Members of Parliament have been advised to get their priorities right in terms of school projects if they are keen on supporting education.
Addressing the media in Lugulu girls after inspecting the ongoing national Kenya certificate of secondary school exams, treasury chief administrative Secretary Mr. Erick Simiyu Wafukho said he was happy with the way schools have prepared for the examination and especially as far as Covid-19 regulations are concerned.
He confirmed that many schools regardless of challenges they are going through have managed to put measures to protect candidates, invigilators and supervisors from infection of Covid-19 virus that is at its third wave which is said to be more lethal and dangerous.
Mr. Wafukho asked students and teachers not to engage in examination malpractices that could ruin their future.
He however said many school’s infrastructures are in bad shape and need a lot to be done to improve the situation for the learners. He said it’s useless for the school to have a bus of ksh. 7m yet it does not have enough classrooms, laboratories or library which are a necessity for learners to pass their exams.
He added that some schools are lacking land for expansion due to the hundred percent transition policy which has increased school population to an extent of being overwhelmed. He implored MPs to invest more in education other than putting more money in projects that will not improve the learning environment.
Principals from different schools across Webuye East, West and Tongaren constituencies informed CAS about the lack of enough teachers especially after a hundred percent transition yet the number of teachers has remained the same or even decreased due to retirement and other natural factors like death. He requested the Tsc to intervene before the schools reopen in May after the long holiday.
Mr. Wafukho promised to forward their challenges to the relevant departments and also affirmed that he will personally make follow-ups until the issues are sorted.
He toured several schools across the three constituencies accompanied by Bungoma county director of education Mr. Philip Chirchir among others.