The Director of Public Prosecution Noordin Haji has urged Garissa residents to encourage their children to take up teaching as a profession to address teacher shortage in the area. Haji who hails from Garissa, said as long as the local community shies away from the profession, the region will continue experiencing teacher shortage. Speaking in Garissa during the launch of Young Muslim Girls High School, the DPP urged parents to encourage their children to take up the career saying the region’s progress is suffering as a result of shortage of teachers. “As I stand here today I want to encourage parents to try and encourage our children to take up this noble career. We have a very big problem in this region as far as teachers are concerned. and the solution lies with us,” he said. He added: “unfortunately majority want to take up courses in procurement, nursing and many others because they think teaching is as not a good course compared to others. but to the contrary this is best profession in the world.” The DPP gave a recent incident where leaders from Northeastern held a meeting with officials from TSC to discuss teachers’ shortage in their region but were taken a back after they were told that even if they were to be given special allowances there were still no local students who want to be teachers. The situation started being experienced in 2014 after al shabaab militants started attacking non local teachers forcing them to flee the region. The situation led to the TSC to withdraw the non-local teachers from region to other parts of the country a move that was widely condemned by the local leadership who not only said it glorified terrorism but also amounted to denying the children their basic right to education. According to records from TSC, Mandera is faced with a shortage of 1,849 and 517 teachers in primary and secondary schools respectively. In wajir the shortage in primary school stands at 1,414 and secondary 51 teachers while in Garissa county the shortage is 913 in primary schools and 651 for secondary schools.  

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