MP Reveals Why Kilifi Students Finish Primary Education After 19 Years

Ganze MP Teddy Mwambire has agreed with Education CS Prof George Magoha that some pupils in some regions in Kilifi County finish their primary education while they are over 19 years. – By Ramadhan Kambi

While releasing this year’s KCPE results, Prof Magoha said some pupils did their exams past the age of 19 adding that most of the cases emanated from the coast region.

The lawmaker said some of the reasons behind that challenge are poverty, lack of nearby schools and other social challenges that have forced the pupils to repeat classes and hence spend a lot of their time in school. 

“It is true that we have some over aged pupils in primary schools and especially in remote areas where the challenges are so many and immense. But going forward, we have to have a workable solution to address the same,” said Mr Mwambire. 

The MP spoke to Uzalendo News during ground breaking ceremony for the construction of four number classrooms at the new Dida Secondary School in Sokoke Ward.

The project will go along side with 75 lockers and 75 chairs and is expected to be completed by June this year. 

“For example today, we have launched a secondary school in Dida. The focus is to have as many educational institutions within reach for our pupils to learn at their tender age. That will make sure that they finish their primary education and timely join secondary schools that will also be within their reach,” said Mr Mwambire. 

The Dida Secondary School which started in 2019 was being hosted at the Dida Primary School but the local community through the Akiza and Amilulu clans set land for the construction of the school. 

“The completion of this project will bring Dida location to have two mixed Secondary schools (Bale & Dida) and this will be a new opportunity for our children to access secondary schools nearby and further their education,” he said. 

Mr Mwambire also said that a contractor had been hired by the NG-CDF for the redesign and completion of five number classrooms at Ambassador Kithi Secondary School in Mrima wa ndege location.  

“The project was started when Peter Shehe was still the Ganze MP but the facility has remained incomplete. My focus is to make sure that we complete all projects that had been initiated by those who served before me. Some of the projects range in millions but we shall make sure that no project is left unattended,” said the MP at Ambassador Kithi Secondary school. 

With the completion of Ambassador Kithi Secodnary school, Mr Mwambire said Sokoke ward will be remaining with two incomplete projects that include a five number classrooms at Mgumoni Primary School in Dida location which were initiated during Mr Shehe’s regime and a twin laboratory project at the Vitengeni Baptist Boys Secondary School which was initiated during the late Joseph Kingi.  

“My aim, mission and vision to complete all the pending projects across the constituency will be met as immediately we receive the allocations from the NG – CDF board, all the pending projects will be completed,” he added. 

When he was elected as Ganze MP in 2017, Mr Mwambire said he found pending projects across the constituency worth Sh144 million. 

“We made the allocations which the NG – CDF board approved for their completion and it is my hope that with the completion of all those projects,  they will definitely add value to the development of our constituency. Mrima wa ndege location will now be having two mixed credible secondary schools namely Shangweni and Ambassador Kithi,” the MP told reporters.