The report revealed that two out of three children in class three in Kilifi County cannot do class two work.
The study conducted by Uwezo Kenya also revealed that Kaloleni Sub County was the best performing region in the county with 46 percent of children able to handle class two work.
Kaloleni sub-county leads with five out of ten children in class three able to do class two work.
Uwezo Kenya North Coast regional coordinator Lucky Mbaga said Kilifi County was ranked seventeenth in the country in a list of county’s with children in ECD level who are able to read and write.
“Early marriages, non-committal parents and late enrollment to schools as the biggest contributors of poor education standards in the region,” said Mbaga.
Long distance between villages and schools in many rural schools and late enrollment are major contributors of poor education foundation, according to the report.
Meanwhile , Prof Gabriel Katana, Kilifi county education board chairman said tussle between the county government and the national government over who takes charge of improving infrastructure in the public primary schools has also affected the performance standard.
“According to the education act of 2013, responsibilities of improving infrastructure of schools lies both with the national and county governments. Unfortunately, the county government is insisting that it’s the only allowed to implement their efforts towards the early childhood education.
Kilifi county education director Dickson Ole Keis said a teacher to pupil ratio was also a problem affecting education in the county.
He said that in some cases, a single teacher handles over 80 pupils in one class which makes concentration poor.
The report also ranked Mombasa in position one among counties in Coast region with a large number of children who know how to write and read.