The number of males enrolling for adult education in Imenti North Sub County has steadily increased unlike before when their female counterparts were known to be the majority with a huge margin.
The Sub County Adult and Continuing Education Officer (SACEO) Keresi Kitonga said the margin between the two genders had significantly reduced leaving a measly difference of nine learners.
“Currently the enrolment stands at 539 for men and 530 for women. This is a paradigm shift in the history of adult education,” noted Kitonga.
He argued that the sector had been believed to be a preserve for women whose completion of formal education was very low.
Speaking during this year’s International Literacy Day celebrations at Mulathankari Multipurpose Adult and Continuing Education Training Institute on Friday, the SACEO added that the number of males attending daily classes was also higher as compared to their female counterparts.
“We have a total of 624 daily attendants with men leading at 327 as compared to 297 women. This means more men have realised the need to acquire knowledge that they missed during the formal stages,” he stated.
Kitonga further appealed to local national government administrators to join the department in mobilising more learners to enroll for the programme that has seen many complete the 8.4.4 system.
However, the officer decried the problem of teachers’ shortage in the sub county saying the team of 12 cannot effectively meet the needs of the growing number of learners.
He mentioned that some centres were far to be attended to by the few teachers hence denying them the assistance they could have enjoyed.
The sub county has 105 and 21 candidates scheduled to sit for this year’s Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) and Kenya Certificate for Primary Education (KCPE) examinations respectively.
Imenti North Deputy County Commissioner Isaac Masinde assured adult education learners going to sit their national examinations this year that there will be no leakage.
Masinde dismissed media reports that there could be exam leakages maintaining that his office was working closely with the Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC) to curb any malpractices.
He called on those pursuing adult and continuous education to put more effort so as to gain maximum knowledge required for individual and national development.
The DCC promised to work closely with other education stakeholders to ensure the adult education centres have access to a laboratory.
Mulathankari Multipurpose Adult and Continuous Education Training Institute has no science laboratory despite being made an examination centre this year.