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Boy child education endangered

27 March 2012, 13:40 Joe Ndungu

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A survey done in Bungoma County has revealed that most young men in informal business popularly known as boda boda are school drop outs leading to a decline in the number of the male in schools.

Mr. Aggrey Namisi the Secretary General of Kenya National Union for Teachers (KNUT) in Bungoma East stated that girl child education has been given priority in the country since the call for‘gender equality’: this has contributed to the rise in the number of girls in schools versus the boys in the region.

“In secondary schools last year, the candidates registered for the Kenya Certificate for Secondary Education(KCSE) ,the girls were  1,581 above the boys who were 1,526 while in primary schools, the registered candidates for  Kenya Certificate of Primary Education(KCPE),the girls were 2,723 above the boys who were 2,606,” stated Mr.Namisi.

This statistics, he said, are evidence enough that if no action is taken towards boy child education, then sooner or later the number of educated men will drop.

“This is a call for alarm because if many boys resort to dropping out of school in search for easy money then in future there will be no educated men from this region,” said Mr. Namisi.

Speaking on the same issue, the District Commissioner Bungoma East, Mr. Adan Gedow, called upon the parents to cooperate in ensuring that there children go school and report any cases of students dropping out of school for the government to assist.

“Parents should be on the forefront in promoting education and if there is any assistance they need they can report to my office,” said Mr.Gedow.

“Education is key and in this era no one can do without it, and so I want to urge the people of Webuye to place education as their first priority in life,” said Mr.Gedow

The DC also urged the politicians and other members of the public to leave politics out of the education sector and work together towards supporting all the leaning institutions.

“Let us leave politics out of theeducation sector, politics will not develop that sector but instead will bringus down,” said Mr.Gedow.

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