Kilifi, KENYA: A total of 25,300 children in Kilifi never scored the average mark in last year’s national examinations; an education report shows.
Kilifi county Education Board says the situation makes the county to be in dire need of an overhaul in its education sector.
In an exclusive interview with Baraka Fm on Saturday, Kilifi county Education Board chairman Professor Gabriel Katana said the county has the obligation to take action sooner than later should it have the aim of improving the sector.
Professor Katana said the current education system has even caused more harm than good as it has been discriminating those untalented in class work.
”The current 8-4-4 education system in Kenya has resulted to a lot of wastage where children are declared unfit for education when they fail to score average points in National exams,” said Katana.
“This low transition rate into secondary and tertiary education may result into a bulk of dependents in the county making it difficult for families to break off from the cycle of poverty.” Added Katana.
According to demographics, a bigger percentage of residents in the county which has for long been battling with sexual crime, poor education performance and leading in students unrest; earn below a dollar every day.
“Last year we registered 29,000 candidates for Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE), 3,000 did not take the exams due to all sorts of reasons,” explained Professor Katana.
He further added that out of those who sat for their Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) 6300 got grade D and below.
“Some became pregnant and others became ill but out of the 26,000 candidates 16,000 scored 200 marks and below.” said Katana.
Unlike the 1985 education system which is famously known as 8-4-4, the new system of 2-6-6-3 is reported as one which will not put undue pressure on learners and will not determine their fate by the score they get in examination .
“When the 8-4-4 first came, it had a provision to impact skills on learners but that did not materialize because of the cost that it brought to the education sector,” said Katana.
According to the chairman the cost set in when schools were to build workshops and other specialized buildings for the pupils. This is something which most schools could not manage back then.
Upon evaluation however, education experts noticed a serious problem with the curriculum.
Now the education experts in Kilifi county are in support to the new proposed education system which is expected to address the 8-4-4 fate.
They say should the government commit itself fully to it and provide the right machinery then education in Kilifi County and the entire Kenya will be something to smile about.