By Malachi Motano
Parents have been advised practice family planning in order to offer quality education to their children. Teachers must also enhance good teacher-pupil interaction so as to create a good environment for learning and allow the students to open up to them.
Vihiga MP Yusuf Chanzu speaking at an education forum organized by Uwezo Kenya Educational researchers at Mbale Primary School challenged parents to be on forefront in championing for their children’s education.
“I am calling upon parents to practice family planning in order to offer quality education to their children. Many parents could not pay fees for their children due to the large families they are raising up. Let us be realistic and ensure we have a family that we can take care of by providing basic necessities to them.”
The Member of Parliament says that the bursary the government provides is not enough to all these children and therefore a small family that someone can provide for is the best, that every parent must take education seriously to achieve sustainable development and reduce inter-dependency ratio.
He says local leaders they will team up and ensure the education levels are improved and maintained by first looking at their main challenges.
“The problem of low performance in our schools is that leaders and education officers are not working at their best,” he laments.
The legislator also challenges teachers to enhance teacher-pupil interaction so as to create a good environment for learning and allow the students to open up to them.
Fridah Chahale, the Executive Member for Education Science and Technology in the county says the county government has come up with measures that will help improve education standards. She revealed that they had set aside Sh25 million as bursaries for the 25 wards in the county.
“Most of the bright students from this region come from poor families. That’s why we created this kitty that is managed and coordinated by ward administrators and MCAs to make sure only bright and needy students are the ones benefiting.”
Chahale says there is need for village polytechnics to be refurbished and well equipped with enough instructors as a measure of dealing with the students who fail to get a chance in universities.
“At the moment we have visited all polytechnics in the county and identified those in dire need of refurbishment and the renovation of some is ongoing as we are looking for ways of staffing them while making sure they are well equipped,” she revealed.
She adds that admission of students at the Kaimosi University College, a constituent of Masinde Muliro University, is ongoing.
“The county government is determined bring higher education close to the people and we are closely working with the National Government to achieve this,” she said.