WEST Pokot Governor Simon Kachapin has said the education sector should be devolved to the counties. He said the national government should pay salaries but devolve construction and management of schools to counties.
"Parents are requesting us to set up schools for their children and we are not in position as counties to fulfill their promises," Kachapin said. He said county funds cannot be adequate to put up enough schools and manage them at the same time.
He was speaking to press yesterday in his Kapenguria office. Kachapin said county governments are better placed to manage schools than the national government. He said past regimes failed to set up enough schools in the remote counties like West Pokot. "Infrastructure in most schools in marginalised counties were set up by donors and well wishers, some of those schools have colonial structures todate," Kachapin said.
He said most pupils in the county learn under trees because of shortage of classrooms.
"Why should children learn under trees and yet the government has the capacity of providing decent classrooms? How do you expect such pupils to compete with others nationally and yet they are learning in pathetic condition," asked Kachapin.
The government should give us the mandate to set up infrastructure in schools since we shall not watch the sector deteriorating and yet the government had money to rescue it.