VIHIGA, Kenya, Apr 2 – Prime Minister Raila Odinga has challenged the Ministry of Education to train headteachers in resource management to equip them with appropriate knowledge and skills for effective and efficient running of schools.
He said that the government was doing its part by allocating a huge percentage of its budget to education in the hope that this will enable Kenyans to acquire quality education.
He observed that school heads ought to live to the expectations of the Kenyan people by channelling resources to intended projects.
\’\’They should cut down on workshops and seminars that only consume time and money and contribute little to progress of schools and students\’\’, he said.
He was speaking to parents, students and members of the public at Bunyore girls\’ high School in Vihiga County when he toured the school and officially opened a hostel complex.
The PM noted that public schools need to embrace the culture of having strategic plans and metrics of performance that teachers in the classroom must achieve.
\’\’That is the practice in the private schools. It makes it easy to hold head teachers to account for the performance in schools,\’\’ he advised.
He also noted that progress in the development of infrastructure has seen the schools improve academically.
Addressing the same occasion, Aida Odinga lauded the effort by government to improve the education of the girl-child of a first step of affirmative action.
Mrs Odinga said that she will continue to lobby for gender equality in enrolment, achievement and elimination of gender stereotypes in schools.
\’\’My heart is always tilted towards improvement of welfare of the girl-child and I urge parents to continue investing in the education of girls\’\’, she said.
\’\’Provision of infrastructure like secure and friendly dormitories is particularly critical in girls\’ schools\’\’, Mrs Odinga noted.
She praised Bunyore girls for the sterling academic performance and promised to support the school to continue doing well.
Assistant Minister of education Prof Ayiecho Olweny warned politicians against politicising the issue of national schools as this was likely to frustrate efforts by government to improve education.
He said that the ministry of education will not dictate but involve all stakeholders in respective counties in selecting national schools based on set criteria.
He also allayed fears that students who have no birth certificates would be denied registration for national examination.
\’\’Rest assured that all students will be registered for national examinations regardless of whether they have a birth certificate or not,\’\’ he announced.
Others present were deputy PM Musalia Mudavadi, Minister Paul Otwoma, Asst Minister Elizabeth Ongoro, George Khaniri, Manyala Keah, MPs Yusuf Chanzu, Shakeel Shabir, Polycarp Ochieng, Collins Odhiambo and Wilbur Ottichilo among others.
The PM was set to address a public rally in Luanda town on Saturday evening.
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