By BONIFACE MULU
Friday, May 13, 2022 – The performance in the both 2021 Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) and Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education(KCSE) national examinations in Kitui County was good.
The remarks have been made by the Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) Kitui County Executive Secretary Simon Mutunga Nding’o. “The performance was good though some schools need to improve,” he said.
The unionist highly thanked the both public and private primary schools in Kitui County “especially the Katheka Primary School for topping in the KCPE national examination in the county.” The Katheka Primary School is a public school.
And he further thanked the Nzukini and Unyaa Primary Schools for being in the topping list in the county. Nding’o, who was briefing the media in his office on Friday, May 13, 2022, also highly thanked the Kitui High, Saint Charles Lwanga Secondary, Muthale Girls Secondary, Matinyani Boys Secondary and Kisasi Boys Secondary Schools for topping in the 2021 KCSE national examinations in the county.
And he encouraged those performed poorly for understaffing, lack of proper infrastructure and lack of support from the local stakeholders among other factors to try to improve.
“Kitui is a semi-arid region and some of the local children were learning without even lunch. So I would like to appeal to the government to expand the home-grown food programme to all schools in the county,” the unionist added.
On the Kenya’s Competence Based Curriculum (CBC), Nding’o said they in the county are preparing the first Grade Six Class for transition to junior secondary as they wait for placement policy.
“The transition to Form One is encouraging though we have not yet achieved the 100 per cent transition in the county,” the KNUT official said. Again, I would like to thank the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) and the ministry for training the secondary school teachers on the CBC, Nding’o said.
The unionist called upon the government “to do proper employment of teachers in Kitui County to address the teachers’ shortage in the area.”
According to him, the county has a deficit of close to 2,000 teachers, about 400 of them being the secondary school ones.
Nding’o also called upon the government to employ “our pre-school teachers on permanent and pensionable basis and also to do some replacements for those who are longer in the service.”