A Kajiado school prides in the use of technology to curb the teacher shortage crisis, to enable learners receive lessons during class hours.
According to Arap Moi Primary School Head Teacher, Rodah Kipkore, the school has an enrolment of over 2,300 pupils, with only 35 teachers.
Kipkore speaking to Kenya News Agency today, during an interview said some classrooms have over 100 pupils, which make it hard for one teacher to manage the class, during lessons.
She said, the introduction of projecting lessons for classrooms with huge number of pupils is slowly taking shape, as the teacher can explain concepts that can reach the whole class.
We are almost managing the teacher shortage by use of technology that will ensure we close the growing gap of teacher-pupil ratio, said the optimistic school head. We cannot continue to complain of perennial teachers shortage in Kenya without thinking of alternative solutions, she added.
However, she noted that the biggest challenge is classroom space, since the school do not have a big hall that can accommodate more than 100 pupils at ones.
Most of the classrooms have been split into streams which does not make it possible for teachers to rest during lessons since they have to be engaged in class, said Kipkore.
She appealed to the National and County Governmen, together with other development partners to come up with classroom designs that can accommodate large number of pupils at ones in public schools. This is the only way to utilize technology and reduce the gap of teacher shortage in the Country, noted Kipkore.
Kipkore said the enrolment in school is expected to go up from May at the commencement of second term school calendar, since the school will start school feeding programme, where pupils will get lunch time meal.
The head teacher noted that the public school has the majority number of pupils drawn from poor families and due to lack of food, several of them chose to drop out from school.
She said children whose parents struggle to put food on the table sometimes join their parents to vent for a leaving in the manual jobs which they have to do on daily basis.
Through our research and observation, absenteeism in public primary schools emanates from other underlying family challenges, which includes financial and social issues, she said.
She lauded the re-introduction of school feeding programme, saying it should continue in the long run to keep children in school.
Source: Kenya News Agency