S Million for Top School in KCSE – Oparanya

Kakamega’sS top secondary school in the 2015 KCSE exam will be awarded S million, Governor Wycliffe Oparanya has said.

He said there will be rewards for principals whose schools’ work hard to improve academic standards.

“I want us to work together to raise the standards of education to produce the requisite manpower to drive the economy,” he said.

Oparanya said the county has spent S billion on education in the last two years.

He spoke during a meeting for principals and education stakeholders at Kakamega Boys High School on Wednesday.

Oparanya said the county education task force report released mid-last year recommended that the county spend Sh6 billion over five years.

The aim is to increase the number of straight As in KCSE from 60 in 2013 to 200 in 2017.

He said the county is unable to raise the money and appealed to the public to donate.

County Education director Susan Murerwa said radicalisation of students, devil worshiping among students and lack of parental guidance were the major reasons of poor academic performance in national exams.

Murerwa said the increasing number of day schools also has hurt education standards.

“We have received reports of radicalisation and devil worshiping in our offices and we believe that those are not the only cases here,” she said.

Murerwa said most of the new day schools force students to board in dingy places that are not registered.

She said the Education ministry has suspended registration of new schools.

County education board chairman Prof Laban Ayiro said education players are concerned about the influence of MCAs in allocation of resources.

He accused them of creating their own parallel centres of excellence and not allocating funds fairly throughout the county.