- By Tom Lutali and Sam Oduor
Lugari MP Nabii Nabwera has made a big leap forward towards enhancing education standards in his constituency after he convened a meeting bringing together 600 education stakeholders drawn from all over Kakamega County.
The hallmark meeting, dubbed the Lugari Constituency Education Stakeholders Consultative Meeting, organized on Friday at the Forestall Salvation Army College in Lumakanda, witnessed the heavy presence of Kakamega Governor Fernandes Barasa, his deputy Ayub Savula, Members of the County Assembly (MCAs) drawn from Lugari and other parts of the county, union leaders from KNUT and KUPPET, heads of schools and residents of the constituency.
Key leaders who spoke, including Mr. Nabwera himself, Mr. Barasa and Mr. Savula emphasized the importance of revolutionizing the education sector in Lugari and the whole county.
Mr. Nabwera, in his speech, promised to invest heavily in educating the needy child in a program aimed at ensuring every eligible person in the constituency has access to quality education.
“In Lugari Constituency, for example in this year KCSE, exams, we did not have a student who got an “A”. This is a shame to us as leaders from this region. I would like to tell elected leaders in the region, let us hold hands together and change Lugari for good,” he said.
The MP called upon leaders of the unions present to hold his hand in his quest for a better future for children.
“I want to state here categorically, all unions who are here both KNUT and KUPPET, we will not allow any rejected school head to be posted here who is underperforming,” he continued.
He requested all stakeholders in education sector to work together for better results and promised to support them fully.
Nabii also touched on the matter of CDF distribution and said that most have been favored in terms of CDF distribution and assured the stakeholders that he will deal with the issue so that the money can go to right student.
“I do not understand why a farmer with 3 hectares of land and a herd of cattle should receive Sh50,000 and a parent living in the market with six children with no source of income receives Sh5,000,” he added.
Motivation to teachers and learners
The former Kakamega Chief of Staff also said that he has started a motivation kitty for teachers and students.
“We have a revolving kitty which will help to boost education. I am happy to announce that KCB has given me a cheque of Sh500,000 and Equity a cheque of Sh200,000 to motivate our teachers and students,” he said.
What did Governor Barasa and his Deputy say?
The county top leadership led by Kakamega Governor Fernandes Barasa and his deputy Ayub Savula seized the opportunity to explain a raft of measures the county has adopted to ensure the goal for qaulity education is achieved.
The Governor said his administration will explore areas of collaboration between the County Government, National Government, and development partners to improve the education in the county
“We have set these plans in motion through the 120 million bursary kitty to all the 60 wards, in addition to the construction and equipping of ECDE centers and County Polytechnics,” he said, adding that his office will construct classes and create a suitable environment for both teachers and students for smooth learning and for better results.
The Governor also promised Forest Secondary school that any student who will get an “A” in KCSE the county government sponsor their education for four years.
The Governor’s words were echoed by his deputy Ayub Savula who said that there’s a program to upgrade the Marakusi Polytechnic in Lugari to an institution offering diploma courses.
He also announced that the certification of the Matete TTI has been completed and the certificate handed over to MP Nabii Nabwera, apart from plans to set up a primary schools TTC at St. Paul’s Lugari Boys.
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