Kisii told to find cause of poor exam results

Saturday, January 21, 2012 - 00:00 -- BY ANGWENYI GICHANA

RESEARCH should be conducted on the cause of dwindling education standards in Kisii and Nyamira Counties, a scholar has said.Dr Fredrick Kengara, a lecturer at Maseno University,  said only research can unearth the root cause of poor performances by students in the region.  “Research shows that our children are not learning despite the impressive enrollment rates in public schools. The situation in Kisii County is not good and only further research can help establish the problem,” he added.

He was speaking during the launch of a regional training programme for volunteers to take part in a national learning assessm “There is need for us to have quality education if the two counties are to develop,” he added during the training for volunteers from 22 districts in Rift Valley and Nyanza provinces. The volunteers are being trained ahead of the national assessment on literacy and numeracy among children.

According to the 2011 Uwezo Annual Learning Assessment Report, only 25 per cent of children in class three can read a story and only 34% can do division. Kisii and Nyamira counties produced the worst performing private and public schools in the 2011 KCPE exams. The counties were ranked bottom five out of the 47 i counties. Uwezo’s Albert Kimutai said 158 districts will be included in this year’s annual learning assessment.