Most Teachers In ASAL Areas Come From Other Regions – Report
Majority of teachers in ASAL areas are from other regions, a new report has revealed.
The report revealed the distribution of public school teachers, with some schools in Arid and Semi-Arid Lands (ASAL) being the most affected.
According to the report, the distribution of teachers across the country is skewed, ranging from five teachers for a school with ten classes in Mandera County to ten teachers for a school with ten classes in Nyandarua.
‘‘The reason is that being a teacher is not valued there and thus many young people in those counties do not want to be teachers,” said Usawa Agenda’s Executive Director Dr Emmanuel Manyasa.
‘Manyasa stated that the majority of teachers in arid and semi-arid areas are from other regions, and that during insecurity periods, the majority are affected.
He noted that the situation is similar in other hard-hit areas and urged the government to develop policies that will make working in such areas more appealing.
Manyasa mentioned that in some cases, for one to be promoted to the position of headteacher, he or she must have worked in difficult areas, as is common in some countries.
‘‘I also challenge the government to ensure to work on a long term solution of ensuring the areas are secure and also encourage locals to get into teaching profession so that the areas are not affected with future insecurity issues,’’ he added.
According to Dr. John Mugo, executive director of the Zizi Afrique Foundation, there is a need to ensure that all students have access to teachers, regardless of how few there are.
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”There is also need for appropriating resources to employ more teachers then. If schools ensure they have a better comfort of power, water and housing, they will attract and retain teachers,” he said.
Overall, the report reveals that there are still gaps in Early Child Childhood Education (ECDE) because many children are not in school, and it calls on County Governments to take responsibility.