Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT), Vice Chancellor, Prof. Victoria Wambui Ngumi, has urged students pursuing primary and secondary school studies in the country to work hard with the aim of securing better opportunities to pursue university education in the country.
Prof. Ngumi was speaking at Senior Chief Koinange Girls High School, Friday May 31, 2019 where she was the Chief Guest during the Kiambaa Sub-County Education Day.
The function themed: Quality Education and Access, brought together diverse education stakeholders from the sub-county, including students drawn from public and private school in Kiambu County.
The education day, provided a useful platform for stakeholders to evaluate and scrutinize the progress and challenges and possible intervention strategies.
The scholar particularly reminded the youths in the county that they had an advantage of proximity to JKUAT – a leading public University within their neighborhood, which should inspire their desire to thirst for university education.
Prof. Ngumi petitioned the students to be ambitious and goal oriented in their academic pursuit, a feat she said, would be possible through increased investment in hard work and discipline as students.
While congratulating the Kiambu County schools for the overall improvement of the KCPE and KCSE mean score from the previous year, the Vice chancellor expressed her concern on the educational development of the boy child in the county, saying they were lagging behind in classroom performance, as reflected in the low numbers of boys who fail to secure a place to pursue university education in the country.
The Sub-County Director of Education, Mr. Fancis Kibiku, hailed the teachers for their dedication and hard work and focus on the development of students. He called for effective utilization and management of government grants, further saying the sub-county could contribute towards national development through provision of quality education.
Kenya Union of Post-Primary Education Teachers (KUPPET) representative, Ms. Pauline Thangwa reaffirmed KUPPET’s steadfastness in advocating for quality education. She said the Union was currently pushing for improved remuneration of teachers which she noted, was one of the key issues undermining education in the country.
Ms. Thangwa urged the Teachers Service Commission to “employ and promote more teachers in order to give proper attention to increased enrollment of learners.”
Another speaker, Chairman, Kenya Private Schools Association (KPSA), Mr. John Mariga, expressed his gratitude for the inclusion of private schools in the initiative pointing out that they were key stakeholders in the education system accounting for up to 30%.
Mr. Mariga urged Kiambaa sub-county stakeholders to develop a visionary education plan based on discipline hard work and spiritual guidance.
Outstanding students and schools were recognized and awarded in various categories including; early childhood development education, special needs education, adult and continuing education, special programs.