Tana River County Director of Education Kalif Hassan, has cautioned students who register for national exams, but stay away from school, only to show up during the examination period that they risk being de-registered before sitting the said exams.
Hassan said, many students in the County performed poorly in the 2021 KCPE and KCSE examinations because after registration, they never attended classes throughout the entire academic year, thus ending up with dismal results.
Speaking to the press in his Hola office Tuesday, the director cited this absenteeism as the major cause of poor performance in national examinations in the County.
Hassan now says those who will register for national examinations, and stay away from school will be de-registered and referred to the department of Adult Education, to continue with their education as adult learners.
Meanwhile, a stakeholders meeting will be conducted this year in order to ensure cases of absenteeism are reduced in the County, with a view to improving education performance.
The director also urged school principals and head teachers to work jointly with the parents to ensure chronic cases of absenteeism are reduced in their respective schools.
By Simon Guruba