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'Adults should not join regular schools'

02 July 2013, 15:05 Wangui Joseph

Adult learners joining regular primary schools are creating uncomfortable learning environment for the young children due to psychological and age differences, Robert Mwiti, Nyeri County Director of Adult and Continuing Education said Monday.

He said there is great need to promote and encourage adult education system to avoid instances of adults enrolling in the formal schools.

Mwiti said that mixing the two groups poses a discipline challenge as adults operate in a free environment where they are not disciplined.

The director made the remarks during a stakeholders’ forum held at Nyeri provincial information hall where he said mixing the two systems is unprofessional.

“The adult education directorate is there and we should be given an opportunity to proceed with our exercises. An adult schooling together with young pupils distracts learning activities,” said Mwiti, noting that the education curriculum of the two groups differ and learning facilities in regular schools like desks are not friendly to adults.

He added that the young learners’ tutors are trained to handle child psychology and it creates conflict of interest for their inability to handle adults.

However, Mwiti said they have officers in the field who are creating awareness on the existence of the Adult and Continuing Education programmes with an aim of increasing enrollment and reduce illiteracy level in the region.

He noted that stigma is a big challenge together with low esteem that the community holds towards the programme blaming the two factors for the programme’s slow growth and penetration.

In Nyeri County, there are 3 425 adult learners which he said is low compared to other parts of the country.

He also requested the government to address shortage of teachers, funds to facilitate the programme, learning materials and facilities.

“Supervision is required for quality assurance. We need vehicles to move around and penetrate the County to meet the increasing demand for  adult education,” said Mwiti.

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