The Jomvu Member of National Assembly, Badi Twalib called on Education Cabinet Secretary (CS), George Magoha to use a consultative approach to education matters as opposed to the confrontational approach he is taking regarding implementation of competence based curriculum in the country.
The MP said education matters should constructively involve all stakeholders in education namely parents, pupils, teachers and the relevant stakeholders.
Speaking in Jomvu on Sunday during issuance of school bursary cheques to students before today’s reopening, the MP said all stakeholders should be involved in decision making affecting education.
“Sit down and engage teachers unions like KNUT under Wilson Sossion since these are the leaders representing teachers rights on issues affecting them,” said Twalib
He added that when the CS chest thumps and says he has no reverse gear in his decisions, it is inappropriate and called on him to cooperate with others in the education sector and its diversity.
The MP said that was the only way to uplift education standards of students in the country.
“Teachers have no peace of mind to educate children if their grievances are not addressed appropriately leading to poor performance among the students despite their parents paying huge chunks of money for their children to have an education.
He advised the CS to sit and work with stakeholders if the country’s education status is to move forward and attain the internationally set standards it deserved.
Over Sh.36 million was disbursed to secondary schools, colleges and university students who had applied with each secondary student getting Sh.10, 000 and those of college and university getting Sh.20, 000.
The legislator commissioned reroofing of three classrooms from the cancer causing asbestos roofing to modern roofing at Amani primary school where he was issuing the National Government Development Fund (NG-CDF) bursaries.
The MP said he was considering starting up a health scheme for the Jomvu locals where 200 people from every ward in the constituency would be paid for NHIF cards to access medical services for free.
He called on parents to encourage their children to take education seriously since it was the only worthy inheritance in this competitive era.
The MP decried the poor state of roads in the area and lack of water for residents due to vandalism during the ongoing road works by the Kenya National Highways Authority (KENHA).
He called on the county government of Mombasa to avail water to the suffering residents since water was a devolved function under counties.
By Joseph Kamolo