Head teachers want ranking of schools re-introduced
31 December 2015, 12:02
Bungoma - Primary school head teachers in Bungoma County have called on the government to re-introduce ranking of schools and candidates that was abolished by the immediate former education Cabinet Secretary, Jacob Kaimenyi.
Speaking in Bungoma, various head teachers said that ranking of schools and candidates was always followed by celebrations but since it was banned things have changed and the release of exams is no longer appealing.
Tobias Khisa, the head teacher Bungoma DEB primary school called on the government to introduce back the ranking system so that they can be able to compete with other schools.
“Even if they don’t want to rank all schools, let them rank public and private schools so that we can be able to gauge our performance; since it was abolished there are no more celebrations because we have been left in the dark,” he said.
He appealed to the government to listen to teachers and introduce back the ranking system which he says had brought light to various schools, parents and learners.
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Nzoia sugar company primary school head teacher, Isaac Nyongesa said that ranking of schools had made teachers and learners to work hard for fear of being mocked if they failed in their national examinations.
“Since it was banned, it left us in totally darkness and raised anxiety among teachers, parents and candidates; it is hard to tell who is leading and in which school,” he said.
Their sentiments were echoed by Christ the King primary school head teacher, Francis Nalimae and Marell Academy deputy head teacher Michael Litunya who noted that ranking had formed a foundation for good performance and since its abolishment, things have changed and the dark cloud is hanging in schools.
They said called on education minister Fred Matiang’i to bring back the ranking system so that the disadvantaged children can get chances in big schools.
“Lack of ranking disadvantages some learners who have performed very well and gives a chance to students who have failed. This means that it is hard to tell whether some students admitted in district schools had performed well and needed to join a national school,” said Litunya.
Nzoia sugar company primary school led in Bungoma County, followed by Marell Academy, Christ the King primary school and Bungoma DEB primary school.
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