Kaimenyi tells Meru leaders to address poor grades in exams

By Metro Reporter

The Cabinet Secretary for Education, Prof Jacob Kaimenyi has challenged education stakeholders in Meru County to address the dismal performance of students and pupils as well as cheating in national examinations.

He said Meru County was ranked position 33/47 in the entire nation with a below average mean score of 244.79 in last year’s KCPE,  saying it attained a similar ranking in 2012.

Prof Kaimeny also expressed concern that the results of 172 candidates in the area were cancelled due to irregularities.

He was speaking during the Meru County Education/Prize giving day at Kaaga Girls High School last week on Friday.

He noted that in KCSE for 2013, the area was ranked position 28 out of the/47 Counties, with a mean score of 4.335 which was a drop in ranking nationally from position 26 in 2012.

Prof Kaimenyi said the poor performance and cheating in examinations undermined the hard work, honesty, sincerity and courage that residents in the area were known for nationally.

He called on the County Director of Education to liaise with the Teachers Service Commission to ensure cheating in examinations ends, saying disciplinary action should be taken againstthose who encourage students to engage in examination cheating.

The Cabinet Secretary, however, called on parents to give moral support to teachers and learners to motivate them to perform better. He expressed concern most parents did not attend education functions, saying paying school fees and keeping off educational functions was a disservice to the children.

Prof Kaimenyi reiterated that Government would ultimately deliver laptop to pupils in priamrt schools. .

Meru Governor, Peter Munya revealed that his government had allocated Sh135 million towards bursary fund for bright but needy children in secondary schools in the area.

“We are also constructing 90 model Early Childhood Development (ECD) classrooms to enable children to learn in a secure and friendly environment,” Mr. Munya said.

In attendance included Senator Kiraitu Murungi.