Public primary schools in Garissa County performed dismally in this year’s Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) examinations.

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Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) Executive Secretary in Garissa Abdirizak Hussein said private schools in Garissa continue to outperform the public schools.

Hussein said most schools in the county are operating with few teachers which have contributed to candidates in public schools not performing well in the national exams.

Terror attacks in the region have greatly affected the education sector after non-local teachers refused to return to their work stations, leaving schools without teachers.

Hussein said the government needs to do more to address challenges in the education sector in Garissa for their students to get a quality education.

“I am not surprised that our children in public school performed dismally. We have insisted that without teachers and infrastructure candidates in public schools will always post poor results.”

“When you walk around our public primary schools, you get the impression that the government has either neglected them or unable to finance their infrastructural development and recruit more teachers,” said Hussein.

Candidates from private primary schools in Garissa took the top ten positions during this year’s KCPE exams.