There is need for the county and national government departments of education to work together in ensuring students post good results in national exams.
Governor, Joseph Lenku, says devolution has brought with it development, and much needed services closer to the people.
Lenku said performance of students in national exams ought to equally improve.
“We want to see schools within the county appear among the list of well performing schools nationally,” he said.
Lenku said his government has adopted a program-based budget approach as a measure to gauge performance of ministries and departments in the county government.
He revealed that the education sector has been allocated a substantial budget in the next financial year with that in mind.
“Our children are more interested in having conducive learning environment and a good support structure,” he said.
The Governor was speaking in Kajiado today during an award ceremony for top students from the County who excelled in the 2017 Kenya Certificate of Primary Education, KCPE Exams.
He intimated that he is aware of the challenges experienced by educationists and assured them of partnership together with key stakeholders in the sector.
The governor urged stakeholders not to shy away from holding major educational conferences in the county.
Speaking during the same function, Edna Lenku, the First Lady, urged parents not to abandon their role in raising responsible children.
“It is important that you monitor your children and tap into their skills by encouraging them and mentoring them,” she said.
The first lady applauded teachers for committing their time and resources in molding the young learners to be responsible people in the society.
The education CEC member, Samuel Seki said his ministry will embark on an inspection tour of schools to curb cases of errant teachers who are notorious for absconding their duties.
“We cannot post good results in national exams if teachers entrusted to teach our children do not show up at their work stations,” said Seki.
He called upon teachers to be at the fore front of pushing for good results adding that the government had committed Sh40 million to bursaries for children to learn and perform well.
The first lady’s County Education and Motivation Award program seeks to reward good performance of learners at public primary school and guiding them in their transition into secondary and tertiary school education.
Through this, it is hoped that the children will be proactive and openly discuss their struggles both academic and personal in a bid to empower them to be all round citizens.
The initiative which has full backing of county government and stakeholders in the education sector hopes to track the learners through the various levels of education until they are placed in gainful employment.
During the luncheon, Oldonyo Oibor Primary from Kajiado South with a mean score of 327.48 won the first prize. It was followed by Rombo Girls at 327.48, whereas Maparasha Primary from Kajiado Central was placed third with 326.37.