Politics, insufficient resources blamed for poor performance in national exams
23 September 2014, 22:59
Bungoma - Political interference in school management, high level of
poverty, biased Constituency Development Fund disbursement, early pregnancy
among school girls, acute teacher shortage and insufficient infrastructure are
some of the causes of poor examination results in Bungoma County.
The task force formed by Bungoma governor Kenneth Lusaka and
Senator Moses Wetang’ula has revealed that causes of poor performances in both
Kenya certificate of primary education (KCPE) and Kenya certificate of
secondary education (KCSE) last year range from politics to lack of teaching
staff which should be clearly dealt with.
Speaking while handing over the report in a ceremony held at
Panpaper guest house, Webuye, the task force chairman Prof.Charles Ngome
disclosed that those challenges should be dealt with on time if the County has
to realize good performance in national examinations.
Prof Ngome recommended for the adaption of their findings
for the County to perform well in both KCPE and KCSE where giant schools like
Kamusinga boys, Lugulu girls, St.Mary’s Kibabii boys, Cardinal Otunga girls,
St. Luke’s boys Kimilili and Teremi boys should be closely monitored.
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Governor Lusaka said that the recommendation by the task
force should be adapted and proper measures taken to ensure the County produces
good results in future.
“The public dismay and complaint at the declining quality of
education in Bungoma County as manifested through poor performances in last
year KCPE and KCSE prompted me and Senator Wetang’ula to form a
multi-disciplinary task force to find out the main down trending in national
examinations,” said Lusaka.
He said that the task force pointed out that pre-primary,
primary and secondary education sub-sectors in Bungoma County face considerable
challenges ranging from poor physical stractures, unsupervised teaching system,
poor management of learning institutions and uncoordinated curriculum
Lusaka blamed the County education leaders and stakeholders
for not reading from the same script and always engage in their private
business forgetting their dutries.
“We are concerned that the County directorate of education,
County directorate of Quality Assurance and standards and the County directorate
of teachers service commission are not reading from the same script and this as
affected education in the County, let all education stakeholders unite and work
together for the good of the County,” said Lusaka.
He said that the County government will support the
implementation of the task force implementations in partnership with the
national government and other partners in education sector for the County to
perform well in national examinations.
Wetang’ula said that the report by the task force shows that
there is an urgent need for a better schooling infrastructure, more teachers,
closer supervision of schools, greater parental involvement in school
programmes, restructuring of school management boards, more equitable
distribution of infrastructural resources and for the coordination and
collaboration among education stakeholders.
Bungoma County women representative Reginalda Wanyonyi
blamed poverty for the increased early pregnancies and early marriage which she
blamed on dismal results in national examinations.
Bungoma County executive committee member for education and
ICT Beryl Mutekhele, said that the task force report addresses the gender
dynamics in schools, the girl’s dropout rate is high than boys particularly in
Cheptais and Mt.Elgon sub-Counties.
The task force with 33 members was formed on 13th March 2014
to find out why the County performed dismally in national examinations KCPE and
In the 2013 KCPE results, the County posted a total mean
score of 251 that was slightly above the KCPE national mean that was 249. Boys
mean score was 258 whereas girls scored 244.
In 2013 KCSE, the County presented a candidature of 17,462,
7,563 girls and 9,899 boys. 12,966 2013 candidates were clustered between C and
E while on 4,471 candidates obtained quality grades which was clustered bet
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