Poor attitude towards education, learner absenteeism, dilapidated infrastructures in most schools and introduction of bodaboda business to learners have been cited as the main contributors to never-ending dismal performance of learners in Gatundu North Constituency.
Absence of role models, indiscipline among learners, drugs and substance abuse have also been mentioned to have contributed to the poor performance that leaners from the region have been posting over the years.
For the last three years, the Sub County has retained position twelve out of thirteen regions in Kiambu County that have been registering students for Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE).
In year 2019, shocking revelations revealed that out of 2,174 candidates from the constituency who sat for KCPE, only five managed to score 400 marks and above.
679 among the overall candidates settled for 199 marks and below representing 26 percent of the total candidates.
The entire constituency registered a mean grade of 248.9 marks emerging position two from the last in Kiambu County. It only managed to beat Thika East Sub County.
Out of 55 schools that registered candidates for the national exams, only five schools managed a mean score of 250 marks and above.
The appalling revelations have now left education stakeholders aground on how to change the narrative that could be a crisis in waiting.
Area professionals led by Zetech University Vice Chancellor John Munene have since called on teachers from schools in the area to ensure they cover the set syllabus in time to accord learners’ ample time to revise.
“We urge teachers in Gatundu North to take the issue of completion of syllabus and revision seriously in order to assist our kids. Let us also ensure that cognizance of the fact that these kids need guidance,” he said.
Munene further rooted for introduction of internet services in all schools to enable teachers explore and pass across key knowledge to the children.
MP Wanjiku Kibe who spoke during a Gatundu North Education and Prize giving day at Ndiko Primary School said that as education stakeholders, they have resolved to work together with parents and other stakeholders to fight learner absenteeism, indiscipline and poor attitude towards education.
Kibe revealed of a plan to start an endowment fund to provide scholarships for very bright students who do not have the financial means to pay the fees for secondary and post-secondary education.
“We have bursary kitty but it has never been enough. As we endeavor to improve performances, we need to assure the kids that after performing they will get opportunities in their dream schools,” she said.
During the event that brought together representatives from all primary schools in the area, best performing schools were presented with trophies and cash awards.