Kwale County Commissioner decries poor education transition rate
At least 153, 000 children do not transit from primary to secondary schools and tertiary institutions in Kwale County, according to statistics on education.
County Commissioner (CC) Mr. Ngumo Karuku decried the low transition rate describing it as tragic while underscoring the need for urgent remedial measures.
“This is a tragic state of affairs that calls for concerted efforts to rectify considering the importance of education to the current and future generation,” noted Mr. Karuku.
He said that though the County has a total enrolment of 178, 000 children in primary schools, only 25, 000 were currently in secondary schools and wondered where the rest of the learners went.
The CC promised to engage local leaders and other stakeholders with a view to addressing the matter.
Mr. Karuku was officiating at 2017’s celebrations to mark the African Statistics Day at Kwale Baraza Park where he urged the National Bureau of Statistics to disseminate statistical information right up to the grassroots level.
He also asked local residents to uphold peace irrespective of the kind of ruling the Supreme Court would make on Monday in the petition challenging the election of President Uhuru Kenyatta in the October repeat presidential election.
“Whichever way the petition will go, I urge you all to continue living in harmony since political competition is the essence of democracy,” he noted.
County Statistics Officer Mr. Alex Munga urged locals to support operations by statistics teams so as to facilitate data collection which was key to economic planning.
“Some potential data producers view us with suspicion and as intrusive but they should not, we mean good,” said Mr. Munga, with an assurance of strict confidentiality of information gathered.
He said preparations for the Population and Household Census on the night of August 24-25, 2019 were already underway in the County and called on residents to cooperate by providing information sought by the bureau. By James Muchai