Activists Want Action Taken Against Education Officials in Areas That Schools Perform Poorly

A section of human rights activists in the North Rift region has called for action against education and TSC officials from areas where schools register poor results in national examinations.

The activists led by Kipkorir Ng’etich argue that the performance of schools is a collective responsibility that should not be left to teachers and parents alone to bear.

In a statement on Sunday, Ng’etich who is the Director of the Eldoret-based Centre for Human Rights and Democracy (CHRD) said the Ministry of Education should not wait until parents raise alarm over poor performance for them to act.

Though we believe it is unlawful, illegal and unacceptable for parents to take the law into their own hands, the question comes, where were county and TSC heads in those counties?” Ng’etich said in part of the statement.

We are appealing to the ministry and TSC to immediately take disciplinary action against them and stop hiding on the security of teachers of which we believe their safety must be guaranteed,” he added.

There have been multiple reports of parents attempting to eject teachers from schools that did not register good results in the 2023 national examinations

TSC and the Ministry have however condemned such attempts.

But even as the government sides with teachers, the North Rift human rights activists believe it is unacceptable to keep school heads and education officials when the performance is not good.

They have also called for establishing a committee of inquiry to probe the poor performance of schools in national examinations.

As a developing country where the government has invested a lot of money in the education sector, it is totally immoral and shameful to continue maintaining non-performing school heads and education heads,” the CHDR director said.

This should be a wake-up call to the Cabinet Secretary to establish a committee to probe failures and provide solutions urgently,” he added.

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