BUNGOMA, Kenya, Mar 3 – Headteachers have been urged to give their best in their institutions to make Bungoma the centre of academic excellence in Kenya.
Speaking in Nakuru Thursday in the ongoing Bungoma County Secondary School Heads Association Conference, Bungoma Governor Ken Lusaka observed that Kenya has a young and energetic population, which has the potential to transform the country’s economic fortunes.
But to achieve this transformation, the County Boss observed, there is need to improve the quality of the skills young learners possess when entering the labour market.
“This calls for perpetual improvements in the education system at all levels,” he said.
On his part, Deputy Governor Hillary Chongwony noted that “the basic indicators have been moving in the right direction in Bungoma and compare well with other counties, but more needs to be done to boost quality of education in the region.”
He cited the boosting of morale of teachers and instilling good behavior to students as the key ingredients to making Bungoma a top performing county in education in the country.
The County Government of Bungoma has been at the forefront in boosting access to education through the construction of more than 135 modern ECDE classrooms, translating to three in every ward.
It has also implemented the nutrition programme in 200 ECDE schools, recruited and deployed of more than 2000 teachers besides awarding bursaries and scholarships to deserving students in all of its 45 wards.
The headteachers called on the county government to intensify its efforts in boosting enrollment, particularly the early levels of education through the allocation of more resources to ECDE.
“So far, the progress has been impressive. We appreciate that one of our own was picked to be the deputy governor. We will continue working closely with the county to ensure school enrollment hits more than 95 per cent,” said Richard Sabwami, the association head and principal of Sikusi Boys High School.
The association said they will rally behind Governor Lusaka and “ensure that he is voted back in the August General Election.”
“We have parents, our students and members with us. We will market you (Lusaka) as a serious brand worth our community,” noted Sabwami.