Tana River County Director of Education Gitonga Mbaka has decried the poor transition rate of students from primary school through tertiary institutions in the area.
He lamented that too few students in the county, especially girls, transit from primary to secondary schools and from secondary schools to tertiary institutions.
The director was speaking to journalists at the Tana River County Commissioner’s office after the distribution of the last batch of the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) to head teachers.
He attributed the low transition rate and poor gender parity to retrogressive cultural practices such as female genital mutilation and forced marriages of school girls among others.
He said a total of 4,756 candidates had sat the KCPE examinations that began on Tuesday in 91 examination centres that accommodated candidates from 142 schools.
Tana Delta Sub County had 1,748 candidates in 39 centres compared to Tana River Sub County, which had 1,677 candidates in 26 centres and Tana North Sub County with 1,333 candidates in 26 centres.
In contrast, the county will only present 1,432 Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) in 25 examination centres, representing less than one third of the KCPE candidates in the examinations that will begin on Monday.
Tana Delta Sub County will have 581 candidates in 10 centres while Tana North Sub County and Tana River Sub Counties will present 428 and 423 candidates respectively.
Source: Kenya News Agency