Committee seeks to give preference to students from marginalized areas

Written By: Kevin Wachira
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National Assembly Education Committee is considering a legislative proposal that seeks to give the Education Cabinet Secretary powers to introduce affirmative action in the admission of students from marginalized areas in teaching colleges and universities.

The amendment bill to the Teachers Service Commission Act also seeks to increase the number of students enrolled in teachers’ colleges from the 17 marginalized counties in a bid to upscale education in the regions.

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The teachers service commission amendment bill before the national assembly education committee comes against the backdrop of increased transfer of non-local teachers from insecurity prone areas of north eastern, a situation that has worsened the teacher-student ratio.

Appearing before the education committee to defend the legislative proposal, Wajir East MP Rashid Kassim said there was need to apply affirmative action when admitting students from marginalized areas in teaching colleges and universities.

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appearing before the same committee, teachers service commission chief executive officer Nancy Macharia emphasized that security of the teachers was paramount.

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In February last year the Teachers Service Commission transferred non-local teachers from Wajir County after three of their colleagues were killed by the al-shabaab militants.

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Since then students in Wajir have been forced to cope with the low number of teachers.

The aftermath of the situation is that a low number of form four candidates from the region are qualifying to join teaching colleges and universities.

The Bill therefore proposes affirmative action should apply as it does during transition from primary school to secondary school.

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