, MOMBASA, Kenya, Mar 28 – The government plans to hire more teachers to address the huge difference in the teacher student ratio in the country.
Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka said the move was aimed at ensuring that Students get quality education that would nurture their talent.
"Despite the present financial constraints, the government will do everything possible to ensure that more teachers are recruited to bridge the gap that is evident in our understaffed schools", he said.
The VP emphasised the role that teachers play in being role models in grooming students to become responsible members of the society.
He expressed hope that the ongoing stalemate in the hiring of intern teachers would be resolved amicably to end understaffing in public schools
The VP spoke during the 40th Graduation Ceremony at Shanzu Teachers Training College in Mombasa.
Mr Musyoka urged teachers to be at the forefront in the fight against drug abuse, noting that many young people have engaged in the vice that as continued to ruin their future.
He said that teachers were the mirror of the society, hence the need for members of the profession to uphold to high moral standards as good role models.
The Vice President said the government will deal firmly with errant teachers, particularly those engaging in unacceptable conduct with their pupils.
"I urge you to strive to jealously protect the image and reputation of this great profession. It is imperative for you as teachers to interrogate your collective and individual conscience," Mr Musyoka said.
He said that teachers were better placed as agents of positive change in the society and urged the teacher\’s fraternity to be ready to serve in any part of the republic.
"You can be agents of imparting sense of nationalism, cohesion and united country," The Vice President noted.
He said that the Free Primary and Secondary Education Programes in public schools were key milestones in the road towards attaining the United Nations Millennium Development Goals.