Former Kakamega County Executive Committee Member for Education Joseph Ogonyo has urged students who complete high school not to shun the teaching profession.
Speaking in Lumakanda, Lugari Sub County, Ogonyo who is in the race for the Lugari parliamentary seat in the August polls, underscored the importance of the teaching career and termed as misleading those who claim the profession is of little relevance.
The former education boss noted with regrets that many students were shunning the profession in favor of other courses.
The educationist said that a community without teachers to bring up its young ones will forever continue to thrive in backwardness.
“Our youth are shunning the teaching profession and opting for health and other social work courses because they are better paying. I want to tell you that a teacher is a very important member of society because each and every professional has to go through the hands of a teacher to succeed. If we don’t take teaching seriously then as a community we will find ourselves in future having to depend on teachers from other parts of the country since those that we have are retiring without a replacement,” said Ogonyo.
Ogonyo who has promised to prioritize education as his main agenda if elected next month termed the poor performance posted by the Sub County candidates in both KCPE and KCSE examinations as unacceptable, adding that urgent interventions are needed to be made.