Education stakeholders have expressed concerns about the uncertain state of education standards in the sub-county. Leaders, including the Bungoma school principal Enock Andanje, voiced their worries during the 60th Jamhuri celebrations at Matsakha Secondary School in Butali Chegulo ward. They highlighted the deteriorating conditions of many schools in the sub-county, leading to a decline in both enrollment and performance.

Andanje, who also served as a principal in the sub-county, emphasized that neglect had left most schools stagnant. He called for collaboration among all education stakeholders, urging them to contribute their expertise to help schools grow. He pointed out the challenges faced by a school established in 1973, which lacked infrastructure and struggled to attract students due to neglect from leaders.

The sub-county director of education, Rose Chisumi, welcomed Andanje’s suggestions and experiences, especially since the mentioned school was currently without a principal. Local leaders, such as MCA Kevin Mahelo, acknowledged the school’s developmental challenges and attributed them to a lack of funds.

The sub-county commander, Paul Nkanatha Mwendwa, urged parents to play an active role in supporting schools, emphasizing timely fee payments. He emphasized the importance of community involvement and warned against unlawful activities, with a commitment to ensuring a safe learning environment.

The deputy county commissioner, Florence Omieno, encouraged the use of Shamberere National Polytechnic for technical courses, especially for students who had completed their KCPE and KCSE exams. She warned against illegal activities, including preying on young girls, and emphasized the government’s determination to take lawful actions.

Omieno also addressed issues of early pregnancies, parental neglect, and illegal brewing, stressing the need for legal consequences for those involved in such activities. She highlighted the adverse effects of illegal drinks on children and the community, likening those involved in illegal brewing to witches.

By Wycliffe Andabwa

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