The conflicts between teachers and their employer are killing education in public schools, as the recently released Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) results showed.
Even more serious are the challenges that public schools face.
Most have no electricity or vital supplies such as textbooks and teaching materials.
It is rare to find computers or other current technological machines in public schools.
Teacher to student ratios are unhealthy.
In some instances, one teacher is responsible for a classroom of as many as 100 elementary-age children.
Private schools are much better because they focus on performance and giving value for money.
Learning in these school continues even when public schools close because teachers are on strike.
If things do not change soon in Kenya’s public education, many will be locked in a cycle of poverty, which will breed hopelessness, apathy and despair.
In government schools, children are given only 25 per cent of what they require to succeed, with no books, while private schools give their pupils 90 per cent because teachers are always in school.
Teachers in public schools are often absent as they try to earn extra money from other businesses or spend their time in bars.
The government should stop wasting time on talk and court cases and instead address the crisis in education.
We cannot be talking of being an industrialised country when our education and schools are in shambles.
KIBET BENARD, via email