By Kurgat Marindany.
Kajiado County school dropout rate is higher than the national average, a research conducted by Uwezo Kenya reveals.
The research on the state of education in the County, which was conducted in three Sub-counties, reveals the average dropout rate is 6.8 per cent. It highlights learning levels and their distribution across Kajiado County; access to pre-primary and primary education; teacher and pupil attendance; and teacher/ classroom ratio.
.The national average dropout rate stands at 5.7 percent, according to Uwezo Kenya Country Manager, Emmanuel Munyasia. The research was conducted in Kajiado North, Central and South Sub-counties. Munyasia says in his report, the number of dropouts, poor performance in national examinations and repetition of pupils in a class could be caused by laxity on the part of teachers to do their work. For example, Munyasia says, absenteeism rate of teachers stands at 18 per cent and has caused the County to suffer negatively in the improvement of education.
Loitokitok which is in Kajiado South Sub-county has the highest number of children that have dropped out of school, according to the report.
Children in Kajiado Central are twice likely to read a Standard 2 level English story and Kiswahili Hadithi than their counterparts in Loitokitok, the report says.
More boys than girls in Standard Three can read a Standard Two level English story and Kiswahili Hadithi in the County.
Kajiado Central has the highest literacy levels while Loitokitok has the lowest. The County’s English and Kiswahili literacy levels are higher than the national average, according to the findings released to us.
Numeracy levels among Standard Three children in private schools are over two times higher than that of Standard Three children in public schools.
On average, more boys in Standard Three can do Standard Two level Mathematics compared to girls in the same class.
On average, the number of ECDE centres that are supported by the County Government is twice less than the national average. Majority of girls who get re-enrolled after pregnancy in the County are from Kajiado North Sub-county.