Banditry, Teen Pregnancies and FGM affect quality of Education Marakwet West


Marakwet West Member of Parliament -Tim Kipchumba Toroitich/Photo James Gitaka

By James  Gitaka


The  Marakwet West Member of Parliament, Hon. Timothy Kipchumba Toroitich has  urged the Teacher  Service  Commission(TSC) To make  special considerations  while  deploying the New teachers  expected to be employed by the Commission.


Addressing  journalists in Eldoret ,The Member of parliament  has argued that his The Teacher  pupil ratio in His constituency stands at  one teacher  per a Hundred pupils against the  expected   ratio of  1:40 Pupils,


“Most of the Schools in my constituency are seriously understaffed with some schools such as Kipkudul Mixed Secondary having only seven TSC teachers, this affects the quality of learning, Said the area Mp who is also a member of the Education committee at the National assembly.


The  Mp  has  also urged  the  community to shy away from harmful practices  such as Female Genital Mutilation that  continues to force  many young  girls out of school,


“Female Genital mutilation and  Early pregnancies are  some to the  challenges  that  have  greatly  affected the  education sector  within the  County, we urge  our communities  to desist  from caring out  such outdated  harmful practices, let us educate  our  girls because e education is  an equalizer, “Said  Hon.  Kipchumba


Other factors  affecting   the  education sector  with the Elgeiyo  Marakwet  county include  the  transfer of teachers   due  to banditry and un sustainable peace within the Kerio Valley.


The government will employ 30,000 teachers by January 2023.This is to address the problem of a shortage of teachers in both primary and secondary schools.


The recruitment will take place before schools open on January 23, 2023.



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