Acting Education Cabinet Secretary Dr. Fred Matiang’i is expected to meet Kilifi county leadership to address education crisis in the region after it emerged that students who were selected to join form one in various secondary schools in the region have failed to report to school for admission.
Speaking at a Funeral service in Magarini, Kilifi governor Amazon Kingi said the county leadership is expected to hold a crisis meeting to deliberate on the issues together with stakeholders in the education sector.
He said the transition rate from primary to secondary school this year has been the worst in the history of Kilifi County with only 22 per cent of students who sat the 2017 KCPE joining secondary schools.
The governor however regretted that despite the jubilee government offering free secondary education, schools like Malindi high has only admitted a fraction of the students.
The quality of education and the teacher student ratio will also form part of the agenda as the CS tours the region on Wednesday.
Elsewhere, renowned Kiswahili books writer Ustadh Wallah in Wallah, has described the new education curriculum as the best in the country, as it helps nurture children’s talents at their tender age.
Wallah however says the implementation of the curriculum may pose a challenge and called on the Ministry of Education to train more teachers on the new curriculum. He cited the Laptop project for standard one pupils which he claimed, failed to succeed as expected due to the manner in which it was implemented.
On schools’ set books, Wallah who has authored a series of “Kiswahili Mufti” books, called for the establishment of a Task Force charged with the selection of quality books and authors necessary for the implementation of the new curriculum.
This he says will ensure transparency in the selection of text books for use in schools.
Wallah was speaking in Urimi village, West Uyoma Location of Rarieda Sub County in Siaya County during the burial Mama Matilda Ojwang Oyoo, the mother to Jack Oyoo Sylvester, a legendary football commentator at the Kenya Broadcasting Corporation- KBC. Matilda, 88, leaves behind three children and several grand children