Following poor and undesirable KCSE results that Tharaka Nithi County posted in 2020 KCSE results released recently, the county governor Muthomi Njuki has expressed his worries over the performance.
According to Njuki,save for Ikuu boys and Chogoria girls who recorded exemplary performance in 2020 KCSE exams, ordinary schools in the county performed poorly as compared to the previous years.
Speaking during a church fundraiser at PCEA Mbogori church in Chogoria hills in Maara Sub County, Njuki attributed the challenge to the recent teacher delocalization by teachers service commission which has brought in new teachers in schools who are not used to the community.
In bid to rectify the mess, Njuki says it is the high time the community start familiarizing themselves with the new teachers from other communities to restore the lost glory for Tharaka Nithi schools.
“Good relationship between the immediate community and teachers provides environment and cordial friendship pivotal to good performance of schools. This is what our community has not embraced since TSC delocalized teachers,’’ Njuki noted.
However governor Njuki faulted poor managerial plans by the TSC that is hindering smooth operation of teachers leading to hitches leading to wrangles between sub county education directors and TSC education directors.
Since teachers service commission was restructured, there has been two parallel canters of command without any convergence that is hindering good workmanship between teachers and their employer. If at all teachers can have a common center of command, their operation would be smooth,’’ Njuki observed.
Also, Njuki challenged well up individuals from the community to take an initiative of sponsoring poor bright students to ensure they do not quit schools for being un able to foot school fees.
Njuki also challenged churches from the county to set up education funds to cater for poor and vulnerable children such as orphans for the benefit of the community.
“Churches have a responsibility of ensuring that orphans and less fortunate children in the community school smoothly without considering their backgrounds. This can be achieved by setting up church education funds for the purpose of the vulnerable children,’’ he said.
To set an example, the governor promised to boost the church with Ksh 500,000 to help set up an education fund for the church to help poor children in the community.
He warned that if the issue is not taken seriously, the county may lack professionals in the coming years resulting from poor results being registered.