Education stakeholders in Mbeere North Sub County in Embu County have embarked on plans to counter challenges facing the poor performance of schools in the semi-arid area.
Speaking during Kanyuambora zone Education Day, stakeholders including parents, teachers, BOMs, and Ministry of Education officials agreed to join hands and work as a team in facing the challenges head-on.
Mbeere Noth MP Geoffrey Ruku urged school heads to spare class eight and form four candidates from sending them home to get fees from parents.
Ruku told the parents to pull up their socks in topping up the fee balances since the NG CDF kitty had allocated substantial amounts to students who had applied.
He noted that candidates’ absence from school in the remaining months will affect their performance in the National Exams.
He urged curriculum support officers to ensure that the candidates complete their syllabus on time.
Ruku further challenged parents to play their roles effectively by supporting teachers through fee payment and by ensuring children take their studies seriously while at home.
Mbeere North Sub-county director of Education Joseph Ngojo decried poor school enrolment and absenteeism from classes.
“I challenge parents to ensure that children do not miss classes for no apparent reason. We are working in collaboration with the Ministry of Interior to take stern action against those who keep children at home.” He said
Ngonjo further warned parents against attacking teachers and blocking school activities whenever they have issues but advised them to use the right channels to complain.
Kanyuambora ACC Joy Mutiga advised the parents to take good care of their children during the holidays that start next week while urging them to also provide a conducive environment for homework.
She further warned parents against participating in Kangaroo courts to determine cases of defilement and other forms of child abuse.
By Brian Kaleti
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