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Duale ask education CS to form a task force over dismal academic performance

National Assembly Majority Leader, Aden Duale, now wants Education Cabinet Secretary (CS), George Magoha, to immediately form a task force to investigate the dismal performance in last year Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) in his Garissa Township Constituency.

Speaking in Garissa town, today, when  he held a meeting with some of the top 2019 KCSE performers from his Constituency who scored between ‘A-‘ and ‘B+’ Duale said that as much as  they celebrate the top performance, hundreds of  grade ‘Es’ that were recorded in the national exam is a reason for concern for all the stakeholders.

There  were a total of 249 ‘Es’ alone in Garissa Township with NEP Girls High School, a National School, leading with 79 ‘Es’ followed by Boys Town Secondary School with 70 ‘Es’. Out of the more than 1,000 students who  sat for the national exam only 83 scored a mean grade of ‘C+’ and above.

Duale said that ‘the poor results should  be concern and worry of everyone’ and urged the CS to move with speed and form a task force with a view of coming up with recommendations on how to address the mass failure.

“First and foremost I must admit am very disappointed by last year’s results. I am urging the minister to immediately form a task force to establish why children of North Eastern region are failing, particularity in the secondary schools. They were getting Ys previously and now they are getting Es,” Duale quipped.

Duale wondered why in a Constituency such as his where there are enough teachers, books, infrastructure, and Constituency Development Fund (CDF) bursary, still the performance was dismal.

“I am perplexed to say the least. I don’t have an explanation to the poor performance. Somebody somewhere should tell us why the poor performance is persisting. Is the problem with the parents, teachers or the students themselves? Something somewhere is terribly wrong and that is what we want to establish,” he added.

“The children of North Eastern are part of the Kenyan society. The CS and the government, including myself, we must go to the root cause of this problem. We must find out why and more importantly how do we fix it,” he stressed.

Duale said that failure by the Education CS to form a task force, then the Parliamentary Select Committee on Education should visit the Constituency to find out why the children are failing with all the resources and massive infrastructural investments.

The Majority Leader congratulated the few top performers and assured them of his personal commitment to make sure they are admitted to the best universities in Kenya and abroad with good recognized professional courses.

“We celebrate our top achievers as we make human resources development our top priority. Am proud of them since most of them were beneficiaries of the CDF bursary Scheme,” he said.

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