Embu Adult Education Teachers Paid Kshs 2000 Monthly
Education leaders at Mbeere region in Embu County have addressed the issue of increasing number of school dropouts in the adult education system, noting that the majority of teachers have left their jobs.
Speaking during a forum on adult education at Kiritiri CDF Hall, Mbeere South director of Adult Education Magdalene Chabari noted that the number of teachers had taken a downward spiral and the government was slow at replacing the retired teachers.
Mavuria MCA Ngari Mbaka and his nominated counterpart Rose Kinyua proposed that adult education should be devolved to the counties to ensure proper management.
Ngari revealed that part-time teachers, who are the majority, attract a stipend of Ksh2000 which is paid late hence killing their morale for work.
Ngari further commented on the issue that there are only 10 permanent teachers working under the program in the region, hence there is a shortage.
“The county and national government should liaise and place the adult teachers in a system where they are remunerated competitively and on time. The system should be streamlined so that learners have comfortable classrooms, enough instructors and learning materials,” he commented.
Embu County Director of Adult Education Stephen Mboi noted that the issue needs quick assessment in order to ensure the number of illiterate people goes down in accordance with the Vision 2030 plans.
“The stakeholders must emphasize the importance of adult education to the community by reaching out to the school drop out and showing them the need to resume school,” noted Mboi.
He went ahead to encourage the target learners to take advantage of the government program to boost their literacy levels as this initiative is paid for.
Other issues affecting the adult education system included poor classrooms that cannot accommodate adult learners and students shying off from sharing classes with their children and grandchildren, hence prefer to miss school.
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