While the discourse around the perceived and real low performance is valid, it’s worth noting:
- Every grade attained by a learner is valid. We need to accept these grades as ours and indeed an indicator of our investment in education in our subcounty.
- While we would all celebrate quality grades, indeed the quality grades are not an indicator of future success in life.
3.As we interrogate the quality of performance, in addition to other factors identified, the entry behaviour of learners in most of our school is low. This coupled with quality of facilities and the level of motivation, commitment of our teachers plays a critical role in overall performance.
- Going forward we need a more inclusive concerted approach to improving the performance of our schools. We must move to improve quality of our school facilities and retooling of teachers for school effectiveness. School effectiveness studies reveal that the most important factor in a child’s performance is the teacher. Teachers indeed must be ready to sacrifice and burn the midnight oil for quality performance. Indeed a teacher is like a candle. They must burn to provide light for the learners.
QUALITY, ENOUGH WELL TRAINED, PAID FACILITATED AND COMMITTED TEACHERS IS KEY TO CHANGE KHWISERO FROM AN ACADEMIC DWARF INTO A GIANT
- Do we have enough science teachers in Khwisero?
Are they trained and registered by TSC?
- Are teachers in Khwisero committed to their work? Do they teach? Or are they all over in markets, political meetings and in changaa dens?
- Do these teachers have facilities to teach? Labs, libraries, stationary,
KNUT and KUPPET leaders in Khwisero are informing me that many schools have NO ENOUGH TEACHERS. Science subjects are worst hit.
No quality labs.
If this be the case, it does not matter how many billions are poured to Khwisero schools via CDF.
WE MUST equip our schools
We must CHANGE the attitude of teaching.
We must recommend DELOCALIZATION IN KHWISERO. Transfer all those local teachers who are not performing due to involvement in local Politics and bussineses.
Then and only then shall we turn Khwisero from an academic DWARF to an academic GIANT.
I find the ongoing discourse authentic and healthy. Going forward we can use this as a basis for more inclusive strategies to have real centres of excellence in Khwisero where we can expect real competitive performance.Indeed the road to academic excellence is permanently under construction. As we discuss, we have KCSE in March 2022 and December 2022.