Taita Taveta,KENYA: Education sector in Voi Taita Taveta county has expressed it’s fear over the alarming rate of decline in number of children joining kindergarten and primary schools in the area, as recorded in recent days.
According to Voi sub county DEO Kennedy Machora, some schools such as Talio primary in Sagalla Voi constituency, have been recording as low as 5 pupils per class, while some classes remain empty.
A situation that according to him, may force his office take action of amalgamating such schools or even close them down completely.
“Most classes in this school comprise of only fifteen pupils, twelve pupils and in class eight are only 20. This means the school may be closed or we may be forced to amalgamate schools with few children so that the numbers may add up,” said Machora.
Following the situation, some residents’ especially elderly women blame youths in the area for the continued decline of numbers of school children.
They claim that most of them have embraced modern family planning methods that is becoming a big threat to future generation in Taita community.
They said they were against the family planning idea embraced by the community, and instead advocate for many children among couples.
This they say is in order to meet the average capacity for children needed in their local schools.
“Previously, we used to give birth to as many children as possible; Eight children, nine, ten and even more. But we are shocked that our children nowadays give birth to only few children, who can’t even meet the required numbers for a school to operate. Now we feel bitter for we built schools but no enough children to use them,” few elderly women said in one voice with feelings of disappointment.
However some elderly residents who spoke to Baraka FM had different views regarding the issue.
They state that so much has changed since then, in that previous years cost of living was low compared to the current living situation hence the need to accept the idea of family planning among married couples.