By Christine Muchira
35% of pupils fail to transit from Primary to Secondary education in Kiambu County, Cabinet Secretary for Education, Dr. Fred Matiang’i has said.
Dr. Matiang’i said the proportion was worrying saying this undermined government’s efforts to improve access to basic education with the huge investments it was making in Primary and Secondary education
He spoke this in Riabai Primary School in Kiambu County Tuesday where he inspected three Primary Schools that had been given extensive renovations through the Kiambu Constituency Development Fund (CDF) whose legislator is Hon Jude Njomo.
Dr. Matiang’i said Government had allocated Shs.3.4billion to cater for examinations fees for candidates from Public Primary and Secondary Schools who will sit for KCPE and KCSE examinations.
He consequently asked heads of basic education institutions not to desist from asking students in class eight and form four to pay for examinations fees.
The Cabinet Secreatary asked parents whose children will be asked to pay for examinations fees to report to their respective County Directors of Education who should in turn notify him for appropriate action to be taken against the school head in question.
Dr. Matiang’i decried the poor pupil to textbook ratio in most public schools in the country, saying the billions of shillings the government had allocated to schools under the Free Education Programme should have made the schools have a pupil to textbook ratio of 1:1.
He said Kiambu Country had received Shs. 576million for tuition in primary schools in the last three years which should have helped secure textbooks enough for each pupil in each subject areas taught.
The Cabinet Secretary hailed the cordial working relationship among officials of the Ministry, the teachers Service Commission, the heads of basic education institutions and the teachers union.