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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

NORTH EASTERN PROVINCE MUST BE AT FOREFRONT IN EDUCATION, VICE PRESIDENT MUSYOKA SAYS


Kenya VP says Government will improve education in NEP

The Government has decided to tackle the development of Northern Kenya through improving education standard in NEP and residents are urged to take the opportunity to be at the forefront so as to develop Northern kENYA, Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka said as he addressed primary school head teachers from North Eastern Province at Wajir High School.

VP Musyoka also said the government regrets the loss of life of a student and massive destruction of property following riots at the Kenyatta University, and says the university administration and students should embrace dialogue as the only way to resolve disputes and not through destruction and looting.

“There is nothing that cannot be discussed. Nothing is beyond negotiation and dialogue. We should avoid unbecoming behavior that leads to great loss of life and property by simply sitting down to discuss,” said the

Mr Musyoka, who went on to open a new dormitory at Wajir High School, also supported recommendations by the Public Universities Inspection Board that was set up about five years ago to look at the recommnedation for parallel degree programmes that NEP university would be graduates need to take advantage.He said this was in line with the government’s policy of giving universal right to education to every child in the country.

The Vice President further challenged teachers and leaders in NEP to look for ways to improve academic standards in the region so that they are at par with the rest of the country. At the same time, Mr Musyoka reiterated assurances that the Grand Coalition Government would last its full term, noting that ‘Kenya cannot be a failed state’.

“Gone are the days when North Eastern Province used to be the dumping ground for public servants with disciplinary measures. The Government will instead motivate public servants working in hardship areas to enable them excel in their tasks,” he pledged.

The Vice President also declared that the government was committed to improving the terms of service of teachers across the country together with those of other civil servants.He used the address to also ask parents in the region to give equal chances for education to their children, irrespective of their gender.

MPs who accompanied the VP include Abdikadir Mohammed (Mandera East), Abdurrahman Hassan Ali (Wajir South), Mohammed Gabow (Wajir North), Abdi Hussein (Mandera East), Mohammed Affey (nominated) and Sophia Abdi (nominated).

The Mandera East legislator said that although the region had been marginalised since independence, the leaders were ready to work with the government and other partners to achieve the much development needed in the area.

However, Mr. Musyoka doesn't seem to like the quota system which really helps NEP students enter University at lower points..