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Illiteracy attributed to insecurity in Baringo

Baringo County Education executive committee member Symon Kiuta has cited illiteracy as the biggest contributor to the insecurity that has resulted in cattle rustling and banditry activities in the region.

Rev Kiuta said many residents in the vast county were among those with the lowest level of education countrywide with literacy rates less than 16 percent.

He pointed out that the challenge was brought about by the fact that many communities in the region were yet to shun retrogressive cultural practices which have negatively impacted development.

Rev Kiuta made the observation during the launch of Sh 42 million county bursary at the Governor’s office grounds in Kabarnet town on Thursday where he observed that quite a number of residents cannot effectively use digital gadgets yet it is a necessity in this current digital era.

The CEC expressed the need for both levels of government to collaborate so that the levels of illiteracy can come down.

“Education humbles a lot when you go to school that Moranism will just disappear,” he said.

Kiuta said his department was working on modalities to promote Early Childhood Education Development (ECDE) across the county so that the young ones can be nurtured to become dependable people in the future.

At the same time, he stated that the county administration is foreseeing a scenario where they will have to utilize the ECDE centres, especially in the afternoons to enroll adult education learners for them to develop valuable skills and expand their basic knowledge.

During the launch which was presided over by Governor Benjamin Cheboi, over 4,400 students benefited from the kitty that targets 582 secondary schools and 14 Vocational Training centres across 30 wards of the county.

By Benson Kelio and Joshua Kibet

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