The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Mother Tongue Blamed for Failure

Poor performance in most of the rural schools of Meru County has been attributed to rampant use of mother tongue by the learners and teachers. Project Coordinator of Kanana Mubichi family foundation, Dorcas Njoki said the use of mother tongue in several schools in Meru county has hampered communication which translates to poor performance in examinations which are mainly in English and Kiswahili.

Njoki who was speaking when they opened toilets built at a cost of Sh450, 000 by the foundation in aid of Ribui Primary School which is in Buuri constituency said most of the pupils in the rural schools are from humble backgrounds and they need to be encouraged to communicate in national languages. She said this will help them to communicate comfortably with other people in the society who are endowed with opportunities such as scholarships and job opportunities. "The foundation has helped to create a better learning environment for the pupils but no matter how much we try if mother tongue still persists in our schools we may not achieve much", said Njoki.

She said currently the foundation has helped to build toilets for Kaaga, Kathithi, Karima Ga Ntwiko and Ngiine primary schools besides servicing the floors and walls of the classrooms. The foundation also supports kids from poor families by paying their school fees all the way to university level and sponsors also the physically challenged children to motivate them and ensure they access education. This year the foundation has spent more than Sh9 million in sponsoring various activities.

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