The ministry of education has launched an initiative aimed at enrolling candidates who registered dismal performance in the 2023 KCSE examinations into tertiary and vocational training institutions. Speaking in Mombasa during a stakeholders’ forum to review the performance and the challenges bedeviling students in the Coastal region, Basic Education Principal Secretary Dr. Belio Kipsang reiterated the government’s commitment to accommodating all learners in the country.
48,000 candidates who sat last year’s examination recorded an E mean grade which was a sharp increase from 30,822 recorded the previous year. To address the issue the PS hinted at plans within the ministry to strengthen quality assurance in collaboration with the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) to improve the overall performance in the education sector. He further revealed that the state had already allocated 30pc of its available resources amounting to 650 billion shillings to be invested in streamlining education in the country.
Despite the acute shortage of infrastructure and teaching staff in the country, Dr. Kipsang assured parents, students and teachers that the ministry was keen on addressing the challenges, with poor performance becoming a major point of concern. Details surrounding the proposed framework for the enrollment of below average students into vocational institutions however remain unclear.
The number of students joining (TVET) Technical and Vocational Education Training institutions has almost tripled over the past decade, raising serious questions regarding the sustainability of the initiative with very little investment in the expansion and improvement of the available infrastructure.