Education stakeholders drawn from Kajiado County have decried what they say is an acute shortage of teachers within the region.
According to Kajiado County Kenya National Union of Techers (KNUT) Executive Secretary Elie Korinko, the region is experiencing a shortfall of about one thousand teachers, a deficit that has forced parents to engage the services of untrained teachers.
Even as the government moves to reform the education sector by enhancing its budgetary allocations and employing more teachers, it appears that some regions across the country are still experiencing challenges.
According to Korinko, the challenge has seen school administration in partnership with parents engage untrained teachers with most Teachers Service Commission (TSC) teachers opting to teach in urban schools within the county.
It is a state of affairs that has been blamed for poor performances in national examinations with Kajiado Governor Joseph Ole Lenku calling on the national government to consider deploying more teachers to the region.
Meanwhile, Technical University of Kenya Vice Chancellor professor Francis Oduor has called for a policy shift in the education system in the wake of declining standards.
Speaking in Chuka, Oduor said universities are experiencing a challenge in enrolment with majority of students failing to achieve the pass mark despite the joint admission board lowering university entry point to a c plus.