Raila To Lower Teachers’ Entry Grade In North Eastern.
Raila Odinga, the Azimio la Umoja One Kenya Coalition’s flagbearer, has pledged to lower entry grades for teacher trainees in the northern counties in order to address a severe shortage of tutors in the region.
Mr Odinga stated in Habaswein township, Wajir County, that his government will use affirmative action to ensure the area has enough teachers.
“Because of the lack of teachers due to insecurity, we will ensure the youth here can go to teacher training schools even with Grade E,” he said.
The government previously rejected a push to lower entry requirements for teachers from underserved areas.
Due to insecurity, there has been a mass exodus of non-local teachers from Wajir, Mandera, and Garissa.
Mr Odinga stated that training more local tutors would help close the gap.
“From September, all trained teachers and who are yet to be employed shall all be hired. Insecurity has cost this region, but affirmative action shall help correct all that,” he said.
In 2014, Al-Shabaab militants hijacked a bus in Mandera, took it to Somalia, and killed at least 28 passengers, the majority of whom were teachers traveling to Nairobi for the holidays.
Mr Odinga, Martha Karua and Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka, also promised free education from kindergarten to university.
“After their education, our youths will get quality jobs; not pushing wheelbarrows,” he said.
He stated that loans will be made available to youth and women’s groups to help them start businesses.
On August 9, he urged Kenyans to vote against Deputy President William Ruto, saying the UDA leader cannot be trusted.
The former prime minister claimed that Dr Ruto had failed to keep promises made during the 2013 elections, such as creating more than a million jobs, constructing international stadiums, and providing laptop computers to students.
“They promised laptops in all schools. Have you seen them? They are promising millions for women in business. That is another lie,” he said.
Mr Odinga also reiterated his promise to open the Kenya-Somalia border if elected to State House.
Mr Musyoka stated that the border opening will increase trade and help lower the cost of sugar, rice, and other goods.
The border has remained closed since 2015, at the height of the region’s terror incidents.
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Kenya stated that it would construct a border security wall, but the project has since stalled.
Azimio’s tour of northern Kenya, with a total of 626,261 registered voters, aims to keep Dr Ruto out of the region.
Cotu boss Francis Atwoli and former Gatanga MP Peter Kenneth were among those present.