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Much needs to be done in education

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By Dancun Sakwa | April 27th 2016

One opinion maker once said Kenya is a nation that is perpetually off-topic and I tend to agree with him.

Over the past few weeks, the Education ministry has found itself on both the wrong and right ends of history; with the debate on the change of curriculum, criticism over the massive cheating in last year's exams and the teachers' strike.

It is quite unfortunate that the education sector at the moment seems to be in shambles.

Teachers' strikes and the implications for the education system, especially in public schools, has been ignored for long.

Teachers' strikes have been haunting us for long and just recently, there were threats of another strike from the teachers' unions.

Memories of last year are still fresh in our minds and we could have learnt from that to change the status quo, but we did nt.

It is quite evident that teachers are a frustrated lot, frustration that compels them to do the incredible; working with untamed carelessness and the results are there for everybody to see.

Innocent pupils are the ones messed up as the Government, the TSC and the teachers' unions fight for supremacy.

Teachers salaries and poor working conditions in schools have never been given the solid support that other sectors of the economy get.

For an individual economy to be termed successful, health and quality education should be doing well.

One is bound to say that the education system needs an overhaul.

It is saddening that most primary schools do not teach or provide knowledge and skills but train the young ones for exams.

It is quite unfortunate to learn that a pupil may have good marks but not have good knowledge.

The ministry must be put to task.

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