Mandera’s poor exam results worry leaders

Thursday January 31 2013

By LUCAS BARASA [email protected]

Leaders in Mandera have expressed concern over the poor performance of the county in the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education examination.

Mandera was ranked last among the 47 counties in the results released on Monday.

“We are saddened by the poor performance of the county in both primary and secondary school examinations. It’s a pity that past leaders did little to improve the situation,” said governor candidate Ali Roba.

Mr Roba told a leaders’ meeting in Mandera town on Thursday that action should be taken to reverse the situation and ensure the county competed effectively with others in national examinations.

He attributed the poor performance to, among others, the shortage of staff and facilities.

Mr Roba, who is vying for the governor’s seat on a United Republic Party ticket, pledged to ensure more teachers were recruited and schools well-equipped, “even if it means using the county government’s resources”.

“At the moment, some schools with as many as 400 pupils have only two teachers,” said the aspirant.

“We will ensure there are teachers in remote localities,” he stated.

The candidate said most teachers from outside the county refused to be sent to Mandera due to its harsh conditions.

Education standards were also adversely affected by the frequent movement of pastoral communities in search of water and pasture for their livestock.

Housing projects

Mr Roba promised to launch housing projects for teachers and families to avoid frequent movements.

He also pledged to instal solar systems in all schools.

In the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education results released on Monday, Mandera County had a mean score of 182 marks.

The county’s worst school, Sala Primary, had a mean score of 120 out of 500 marks.

This is not the first time Mandera has performed poorly.