North Eastern schools shine despite insecurity, lack of teachers problem

Wajir improved by eight marks.

Thursday December 31 2015

Mandera Governor Ali Roba speaks during a past event. In the Kenya National Examination Council released on December 30, 2015, Mandera improved its mean score by 22 points. PHOTO | MANASE OTSIALO | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Mandera Governor Ali Roba speaks during a past event. In the Kenya National Examination Council released on December 30, 2015, Mandera improved its mean score by 22 points. PHOTO | MANASE OTSIALO | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

By MARYANNE GICOBI
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Counties in North Eastern tremendously bettered their performance in this year’s Kenya Certificate of Primary Education exams despite insecurity and lack of teachers.

In the results the Kenya National Examination Council released Wednesday, Mandera improved its mean score by 22 points while Garissa added 19 marks to its mean score.

Wajir improved by eight marks.

“I wish note that teacher-related challenges experienced in Garissa, Wajir and Mandera did not affect performance of candidates in the 2015 exams,” Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i said when releasing the results.

Garissa had a mean score of 176.86 from 157.56 last year, Wajir had 183.49 from 175.34 while Mandera managed 173.68 from 151.97.

These counties suffered a major shortage after most of the non-local teachers declined to return to work citing insecurity.

In some of the worst attacks in the region, Al-Shabaab militants ambushed a Nairobi-bound bus in December last year and shot dead 28 passengers, most of them teachers.

Then there was the April 1 attack at Garissa University College where terrorists killed 148 people, mainly students.

At least 79 others were injured.

And in January this year, over 900 teachers refused to go back to the region and for weeks camped at the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) office demanding transfers.

In August, TSC yielded to pressure and transferred about 886 teachers to other parts.

Garissa County education boss Adhan Sheikh said they ensured no school was completely closed.

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