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CGK April 23, 2018
DEVOLUTION KEY DRIVER OF GOOD RESULTS IN NATIONAL EXAMS
There is need for the County and National government departments of education to work together to ensure that students in Kajiado County post good results in national exams.
The County Governor, Joseph Ole Lenku said devolution had brought with it development and much needed services closer to the people adding that the performance of students in national exams ought to equally improved.
“We want to see schools within Kajiado County appear among the list of well performing schools in the country,” he said.
Ole Lenku further said his government has adopted a program based budget approach as a measure to gauge performance of ministries and departments in the County government. He revealed that the education sector has been allocated a substantial budget in the next financial year with this in mind.
“Our children are more interested in having a conducive learning environment and a good support structure and that is the least we should offer them” he exclaimed.
The Governor was speaking in Kajiado today during an award ceremony for top students from the County who excelled in the 2017 Kenya Certificate of Primary Education, KCPE Exams.
He intimated that he was aware of the challenges experienced by educationists and assured them of partnership together with key stakeholders in the sector. He urged stakeholders not to shy away from holding major education conferences in the County owing to lack of finances assuring them of support from his Government in such initiatives.
Speaking at the same function, Edna Lenku, the First Lady of Kajiado County, urged parents not to abandon their role in raising responsible children to the teachers.
“It is important that you monitor your children and tap into their skills by encouraging them and mentoring them,” she said.
The first lady applauded teachers for committing their time and resources in molding the young learners to be responsible people in the society.
The County Minister in charge of education, Samuel Seki said that his ministry will soon embark on an inspection tour of schools within the County to curb cases of errant teachers who are notorious for absconding their duties.
“We cannot post good results in National exams if the teachers entrusted to teach our children do not show up at their work stations,” said Seki.
He called upon teachers to be at the fore front of pushing for good results adding that the government had committed Kshs 40M to bursaries for the children to learn and perform well.
The first lady’s County Education and Motivation Award program seeks to reward good performance of learners at public primary school and guiding them in their transition into secondary and tertiary school education. Through this, it is hoped that the children will be proactive and openly discuss their struggles both academic and personal in a bid to empower them to be all round citizens. The initiative which has the full backing of the County Government and stakeholders in the education sector hopes to track the learners through the various levels of education until they are placed in gainful employment.
During the luncheon, Oldonyo Oibor Primary from Kajiado South with a mean score of 327.48 took home the first prize followed by Rombo Girls at 327.48 whereas Maparasha Primary from Kajiado Central was third with 326.37