The Senate has criticized the Ministry of Education decision to send home at least 3,000 teacher trainees admitted to pursue P1 courses in public and private colleges.
The Senators said the Cabinet Secretary for Education George Magoha should appear before senate and explain how the students were kicked out on ground they were admitted on grade D plus
Senator Johnston Sakaja said there was much hope when the CS took over at the Education Ministry
“Clear policy are needed at the Ministry of Education should, we should not postpone hiring of teachers,” said Senator Sakaja
Sakaja observed that there was a huge shortage of teachers in many schools within Nairobi.
“In Nairobi for example there are over 70 schools with no teachers, there are even standard eight students in Nairobi who cannot write their names,” he added
Sakaja said kicking students out of college should not happen when the country is in dire need of teachers and resources.
Senator Pareno Judith Ramaita said the future of many children in the country was in jeopardy if current status of the education sector is not urgently addressed.
“Urgent attention and action are needed, it is not good to discontinue future of people
Nominated Senator Haji Ali observed 100 percent is not meant for pastoralist or marginalized communities but the whole country
“We are in areas where terror strikes we are in border of Somalia and we are affected when teachers are withdrawn, terrorism is a global phenomenal” she said
Senate majority Kipchumba Murkomen called for urgent soberness by the education sector stakeholders
“Student going to marginalized schools with few teachers and getting D plus is comparable to C plus in other parts of country,” added Murkomen
Murkomen said education policies should not be changed anyhow since it’s a constitutional rights.
The senate also called for urgent hiring of teachers to address the huge shortage if the country is to acquire 100 percent school transition policy.