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Some Class 8 pupils in Busia can’t do Class 2 work – Report

By Godfrey Wamalwa.

Six out of 100 Class 8 pupils in Busia County cannot do Class 2 level work, the Uwezo County Learning Assessment Report has revealed.
The report also reveals that 6 percent of Class 8 pupils could not master Maths, Kiswahili and English while in Standard two.
Twaweza official Francis Njuguna said a total of 4,940 pupils aged between 6 and 16 years in 149 schools they visited sat for Class 2 Maths, English and Kiswahili papers that came up with the shocking revelations.
The report also indicated that 29 out of 100 children sit on the floor compared to 15 out of 100 nationally, while one textbook is shared among 3 pupils compared to 2 pupils nationally.
It also emerged that there are 12 teachers per school with 10 streams in urban areas and 10 teachers for similar school in rural areas.
In a rejoinder, Kenya National Union of Teachers, Busia Branch ExecutiveSecretary Mark Oseno (pictured) said teachers shortage which now stands at 3,600 is contributing to the sad state of affairs. He said there was need for all stakeholders to join hands and address challenges facing education
sector in the County. Uwezo is an initiative of Twaweza East Africa that seeks to improve
basic literacy and numeracy.

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