The Star (Nairobi)

4 January 2014

Kenya: School Heads Face Sack Over Garissa KCPE

HEADTEACHERS in Garissa county who have worked in public schools for more than four years and whose schools have had a mean grade of less than 280 marks in KCPE will be sacked.

This is part of plans by the county government, the county director of education and the Teachers Service Commission to improve education standards. Speaking in Garissa on Thursday evening at a dinner to mark the beginning of a new year, Garissa Governor Nathif Jama said the 2013 KCPE results for the county are "an unfortunate outcome."

He said Garissa will transform its education sector. The county was ranked second last countrywide just ahead of Mandera in the national examination results with a mean grade of 183 marks. It did not have any students in the top 100 candidates list in the country. NWSC/39/2013 Supply and Delivery of 4. Lubricants (Re-Advertisement) Jama said a quality assurance audit of all public schools on teaching staff, teaching methodologies and materials will be done and a new programme instituted based on the findings. He said the county government will provide all the required funding to make the changes successful.

Jama was accompanied by county director of education Adan Sheikh Abdullahi and the assistant director of TSC Garissa Yusuf Yunis. Other changes envisioned in the new plan include building more classrooms and the reconstitution of boards of governors of public schools.

An education forum will be held on Saturday to discuss ways of ensuring good performance in Garissa schools. Speaking at the Governor's press briefing, Yunis said the forum will seek ways to tackle indiscipline, absenteeism and cheating, which stakeholders have said are the causes of the poor performance.

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