• Kuppet leader says Mutua was appointed by the National Assembly because of her passion for education matters.
Leaders of a local teachers' union have backed Busia Woman Rep Florence Mutua's appointment to chair the National Assembly Education Committee.
Kenya National Union of Post Primary Education Teachers Union Busia executive secretary Moffat Okisai said Mutua is passionate about education matters hence a great fit for the job.
Okisai told the press in Busia town on Thursday that Mutua has supported the eduction of girls, especially by ensuring those who drop out when they fall pregnant return to school.
"We have never had this kind of appointment. This is based on her efforts because she is very passionate about education matters," Okisai said.
The unionist said an acute shortfall of teachers in Busia county should be addressed urgently.
"The shortfall of teachers is a very big challenge in Busia county. As we talk, there is a shortage of 1,644 teachers in our secondary schools so we expect to start seeing positive changes soon," Okisai said.
He said the infrastructure in Busia schools is poor hence compromising on the quality of performance.
The unionist said Mutua should utilise every opportunity at her disposal to address the issues.