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KCSE D+ entry grade standoff angers leaders

Charles Ronald
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Deputy Governor Mohamed Arai at a past event. [Photo/Mohamed Arai]

A section of leaders from Mandera County has expressed displeasure at the advisory of Attorney General Paul Kihara Kariuki on lowering the minimum entry points to teachers training colleges (TTC).

The leaders led by Deputy Governor Mohamed Arai faulted the AG’s advisory barring Education Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohammed from lowering the college entry grades.

CS Amina had directed that D+ students seeking to join teachers training colleges (TTC) can now join after the government reviewed entry grade from C to D+.

The counties that were set to benefit from the new directive are from marginalized regions such as Garissa, Wajir, Mandera, Tana River, Turkana, Samburu, Isiolo, Lamu, and West Pokot counties.

Deputy Governor Arai while speaking in Mandera town over the weekend said the move to reject the proposal by CS Amina will affect the education sector in marginalized regions.

He said the regions are struggling with low literacy rates and a shortage of teachers following the mass exodus of teachers due to insecurity caused by Al-Shabaab attacks.

Mr Arai threatened to petition the government for the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) and AG to adhere to the directive by CS Amina.

“The decision by the Attorney General to bar-lowering of teachers college entry grades in marginalized will negatively affect the education of our children.”

“We won’t relent on petitioning TSC and the AG who we believe are undermining our efforts to provide education to our children,” added the deputy governor.

AG Kariuki had warned that the CS Amina has no authority to dictate to the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) how to conduct its mandate of reviewing the standards of education and training of persons entering the teaching service.

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