Aging teacher population posing challenge to education in Siaya

The aging teacher population in Siaya County is posing a threat to improved performance of the education sector in the area, the Sub County Director of Education, Richard Obonyo has said.

Obonyo, who represented the County Director of Education during the county service delivery and coordination committee meeting on Thursday said the the county was poised to lose about 100 teachers through retirement this year.

Each of the six sub counties will lose approximately 20 teachers through retirement alone, he told the meeting which was chaired by the Siaya County Commissioner (CC), Josephine Onunga.

The director said that coupled with natural attrition and resignations, the number of teachers exiting service was bound to be higher, hence posing a challenge to quality learning in the region.

Obonyo said that though the Teachers Service Commission was poised to recruit about 10, 000 teachers countrywide, the number to be posted in the area would not address the acute shortage of teachers being experienced currently.

The situation is worse in secondary schools and parents, through the boards of management have tried to address the shortage by hiring temporary staff, he said.

Addressing the meeting, the CC called for close working relationship amongst national and county government departments.

Onunga called on heads of departments who have running projects to ensure due diligence so that the public could benefit from them.

Source: Kenya News Agency