Dismal KCSE performance in Nakuru blamed on understaffing

Children entertain a guest who visited their school in Nakuru. Dismal performance in exams has been blamed on understaffing.

The dismal performance of secondary schools in Kuresoi South, Nakuru, has been attributed to understaffing that has depressed learning in these institutions.

This was said by Sub-County Schools Committees chairman Richard Rop, who pointed out that the problem has been created by the mass exodus of teachers from the area.

Speaking at Siwot Secondary School after his election, Rop said none of the 40 schools scored above B+ in last year’s KCSE.

“Lack of teachers has affected academic standards in this area. Out of all the 40 schools, we did not get an A or A-. This is worrying indeed and urgent action must be taken,” he lamented.

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He noted that all stakeholders have agreed to work together to help tackle the problem, further appealing for hardship allowances to motivate teachers to serve in the area.

Rop also decried underfunding, which he said has hampered the running of schools in the area.

“Many teachers left this area upon confirmation by the Teachers Service Commission (TSC). Another problem we have noticed is underfunding. This has affected the running of schools in this area. As education stakeholders, we want this urgently addressed,” added Rop.

Youth from the area were encouraged to enroll for teaching courses so as to help bridge the existing gap.

Meanwhile, it has emerged that tens of students from the area are yet to join Form One, with administration officers coming under fire for doing little to sort this out.

By Evans Langat

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