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Education a top priority in Kwale, says Mvurya

KNA    Kwale county governor Salim Mvurya says education remains a top priority of his administration.

             

Mvurya noted that every child in Kwale regardless of their background deserves the best start in life and the necessary support to realize their full potential. 

          

Mvurya who is serving his second and last term in office said his administration is out to ensure high quality and sustainable education for all.

            

The governor reiterated that the area of academic achievement, safe environment for students and adequate resource allocation will be a key focus for his second term before leaving office in August 2022.

            

He spoke when he attended the Kenya Secondary School Heads Association (KESSHA) meeting of Kwale teachers and Board of Management (BoM) chairs at Diani Babla Girls High school, Msambweni Sub-county.

            

The secondary school principals and school board members are drawn from Matuga, Msambweni, Kinango and Lunga Lunga sub counties and deliberated on attaining good results, adopting good teaching practices, resolving challenges they face and assessment of schools in general among others.

            

Mvurya said he is alive to the fact that the success of the society and its economic well-being is hinged on a high quality education system.

           

“We cannot allow our education performance to go down and I want to assure you that I will always be on the forefront to continue to inspire our teachers and other stakeholders in order to improve academic performance in our county,” he said. 

            

He noted that education is a great enabler which can provide life-changing opportunities to young people and urged parents to pay attention to the education of their children.

            

Mvurya noted that the principals had the passion, experience and knowledge to take education to greater heights and therefore expected to see better results in the coming KCSE exams.

            

“Our priority as a devolved unit is education which we believe real transformation will happen if we all aspire for a high quality education system,” noted Mvurya.

            

He further noted that as a county they needed to embrace the 100% education transition policy from primary to secondary and on tertiary institutions, adding that the move seeks to ensure that children have equitable access to 12 years of basic education.

            

Mvurya noted that the transition policy is an ambitious undertaking championed by the national government that requires full commitment from educational stakeholders.

 “We have a noble duty to ensure government policies are fulfilled and ensure our youth have better lives in the future,” said Mvurya.

          

Mvurya noted that his administration has set aside Sh400 million every financial year to support transition in educational matters not only in secondary learning but also in technical colleges.

            

He said currently there are 3,182 students being supported under the ‘Elimu ni Sasa’ program in various colleges, noting that before the onset of devolution in 2013, there were only 166 students from Kwale pursuing further studies in local universities.

           

He further noted that success could be achieved through a combination of great leadership, management and administration between the principals and BOM.

“This forum is an opportunity to reflect and learn from each other, resolve and improve the performance of our schools to produce excellent results,” noted Mvurya.

            

He further added that parents are also key stakeholders in the performance of their children and should be equally responsible and supportive.

            

Mvurya noted that the focus on technical skills has become a national objective and Kwale has equipped itself with the construction of four technical institutions in the sub counties of Msambweni, Kinango, Lungalunga and Matuga.

            

He also said a maritime training institute is being constructed at a cost of sh. 1.2 billion in Kombani, Matuga sub-county. 

            

“These institutions come as a prioritization of courses like mining and petroleum, blue economy and as a county we need to encourage and guide our students to pursue these courses,” noted Mvurya.

           

 The 2020 KCSE results saw Kwale attain a mean score of 3.9 where there were 90 public schools and 13 private schools.

            

The governor was accompanied by County Executive for Education Mangale Chiforomodo and the County Director of Education Martin Cheruiyot

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