Education stakeholders in Kajiado raise alarm over few men joining teaching profession

Ololbortoto Primary School in Kajiado West Constituency. Photo; Obegi Malack

Kajiado County education stakeholders are raising concern over failure by men to apply for teaching courses with women now dominating the sector in the county.

Isinya Sub-county Education Officer Mwita Claris said the region has few male teachers undertaking teaching services in various public schools.

The public schools have majority female, some of the schools have 30 teachers with only two male teachers.

“At one time, we went to a school and found out it had one male teacher, we were forced to get another to join him,” she said.

The officer who was speaking in Kitengela Ward said they are concerned on why population of men enrolling for education courses is dropping challenging teachers to market their profession.

Mwita said the men are turning up for police recruitment but not teaching positions. In latest advertisement for diploma course in sign language at the Kenya Institute of Special Education, only three people from the sub county applied for the enrollment, one of whom is male.


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The director is now urging parents and professionals to take their children through the importance of taking education course, since jobs are available.

Teachers Service Commission Isinya Sub-county Director Charity Githoga, challenged the community including religious leaders to support Government in solving the crisis.

Isinya resident, Charles Kimeu, said the boy child has been neglected and the Government and non-governmental organisations are focusing more on girl child.

“When a boy completes Form 4 , he gets himself a boda boda, in two years is married and now fights to feed his family with the business, is not engaged in professional work,” he said.

Female teachers represent 49.2 per cent of all tutors employed by the Government translating to 176,000 teachers while 170,760 are female.

By Obegi Malack

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