In Summary
  • The government launched Naconek in 2015 to reverse the negative trends among the nomadic counties.
  • The stakeholders were validating findings of a nine-month study by Prof Laban Ayiro.

  • Prof Ayiero noted that dropout rates from nomadic counties were high.

  • Knut Nairobi branch Secretary Macharia Mugwe regretted that the teacher-pupil ratio in marginalised and slum areas is wanting.

Education stakeholders from 13 out of 22 nomadic counties have convened in Isiolo to discuss and propose sustainable strategies to address poor performance from the regions.

The forum spearheaded by National Council for Nomadic Education in Kenya (Naconek) aimed at validating a research and reversing the negative trends on education to ensure that the 22 counties achieve the national and international education targets.

The nomadic counties which have been categorised into pastoralists, hunters and gatherers, fishing and urban slums have negative statistics on education and are usually ranked at the bottom in KCPE and KCSE exams performance.

SHOCKING

Naconek Chairman Chris Galgalo who was flanked by the council’s CEO Harun Mohamed said low education standards in the regions are shocking and appealed to the government and stakeholders to focus on addressing the matter.

Dr Galgalo said there is urgent need to enhance education, improve access, retention, completion and transition of learners in the counties.

Insecurity, retrogressive cultural practices, distance to schools, few institutions, harsh climatic conditions, poverty, understaffing and insufficient resources were blamed for poor performance.

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