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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 assessment.

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 KCSE.

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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