Taita Taveta, KENYA: Education stakeholders in Taita Taveta county are now concerned over the persistent poor education standards and have called for drastic measures to reverse the trend.
Speaking at a stakeholders meeting on Wednesday ,the former vice-chancellor Technical university of Mombasa Dr. Marangi Mbogho said that this is due to lack of effective learning materials in schools.
“Many schools in Taita Taveta County lack enough classrooms laboratories apparatus and textbooks,” he said.
He also said that most parents do not realize the Fundamental role ECD nursery schools play in the education of a child; instead they take their children straight to class one when they are about 13 or 14 years old.
The chairman also raised concerned that greedy fathers in the region marry off their young daughters; as a means to make ends meet.
He therefore warned that if this trend continues, then girls in the county will be in trouble. He called upon parents to find other means of livelihood and let the girls reap the benefits of education.
He requested chiefs and their assistants to work closely with education officers and teachers to ensure parents who violate their daughters rights by marrying them off early; are arrested and prosecuted.
Dr. Marangi moreover called for the setting up of talent centers in Taita Taveta County in an effort to improve students talented in such diverse fields as debating drama, science symposiums, sports and many others.
“Currently, there is only one center schools talent in Taita Taveta county – Sagalla international/ sports center at Voi sub- County where just few talented students get absorbed,” he said.
Others who graced the occasion was D.E.O Mr. Kennedy Machora, and Education CEC Taita Taveta county Jemimah Juja among other officials.