Teacher shortage hits Isiolo's top performing primary school

Headteacher Maina Kiboi said four teachers fled the school due to insecurity.

Wednesday March 16 2016

By VIVIAN JEBET
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A top performing school in Isiolo County is facing a serious shortage of teachers and locals now want the government to urgently address the issue.

Kipsing Primary School, with a population of more than 370 pupils, has only three teachers who teach from Standard One to Standard Eight.

Despite the understaffing, the school continues to perform well in the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) examination having emerged the best public school in the county for the past two years.

Headteacher Maina Kiboi said four teachers fled the school due to insecurity.

During the school’s prize giving day on Tuesday, Mr Kiboi appealed to the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) to post new teachers to the school.

“We have a serious teacher shortage in our school that needs to be addressed,” said Mr Kiboi.

More than 120 pupils also fled the school in 2015 due to insecurity.

The headteacher said failure to post other teachers to the institution would adversely affect learning.

At the same time, Noloroi Primary School in Oldonyiro Zone has only one teacher and has more than 100 pupils.

County TSC Director Joseph Indire said three teachers will be transferred to the school by Friday.

“We are aware of the situation, and we are working to address understaffing in the county,” said Mr Indire.

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