Northeastern improve in KCPE performance despite odds

Counties in Northeastern have been commended for posting good results in the just released KCPE examination results.

Mandera county Director of Education Ismail Barrow while speaking to KNA today on phone attributed the good performance to concerted efforts by the county government in employing teachers after the TSC ones left early last year over increased insecurity.

Barrow said after the tutors left the county government employed form four and Early Childhood Education teachers to fill the gaps left due to the mass exodus of the non local teachers.

He noted that his department engaged teachers and asked them to work hard to help the suffering pupils while the candidates put more effort in their work .

Education Cabinet Secretary Dr Fred Matiang’i while releasing the results commended the counties for exemplary performance even after teachers deserted several schools in the counties due to terror attacks by Al Shabaab.

Said Matiang’i: “Garissa, Wajir and Mandera recorded better performance in 2015 as shown by mean scores. Mandera County posted 173.68 compared to 151.97 in 2014. Garissa recorded 176.86 where it posted 157.56 over the same period while Wajir posted 183.49 compared to 175.34 last year.

In the recent past County Governor Ali Roba has been quoted saying they worked hard to plug the gap of teacher shortages by hiring students who had cleared Form Four to stand in alongside other untrained teachers.

Mandera County which suffered some of the worst attacks by Al Shabaab prompting the exit of hundreds of teachers had the highest increase in mean score of 21.71 followed by Garissa which rose by 19.3. The mean score for Wajir rose by 8.15.

This is despite the fact that the general performance of public schools in other parts of the country recorded a significant decline, sparking concerns from educations stakeholders.

By Dickson Githaiga