How politics has made counties lag behind in education

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Salim Mvurya

Aside from the famous no-nonsense Prof George Magoha how many Kenyan leaders do you know that have shown great passion for education in the country?

Well one outstanding governor has been recognized with a big reward and responsibility being placed on his head to continue his good mission.

Kwale Governor Salim Mvurya has been installed as the Coast regional patron of the Kenya Primary Schools Headteachers Association (Kepsha) during a teachers’ conference at the Kabarak University in Nakuru.

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Kepsha national chairman Shem Ndolo (centre) with secretary general David Mavuta and regional chairman Fuad Ali (right) 

Speaking during the ceremony, the Kepsha regional chairman Fuad Ali said they unanimously agreed to have the governor as their patron because of his passion and leadership in education.

“Mvurya’s commitment to education is evident for all to see. He has come up with education programmes that are exemplary in the entire nation and we feel he is the right patron for Kepsha,” he said.

The two-day conference brought together 1,500 headteachers from all Coast counties with the aim of sharing experiences and chart the way forward in regard to spurring education growth in the region.

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The regional education director, Mr. Hassan Duale, said the education sector had in the past lacked political support, but since devolution started, Mr. Mvurya has shown the world that it can be done.

“Lack of political goodwill by politicians has made most counties lag behind in education. This is a sensitive sector that requires all stakeholders and steadfast leadership, and, as a region, we now have Governor Mvurya to assist us to bring everyone on board and push for good performance in our schools,” he said.

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“I take this responsibility you have bestowed upon me with humility and respect. I want to pledge my support and promise to use all possible opportunities and networks to ensure we succeed together and that Kepsha becomes an institution that provides leadership and mentors education leaders to spur performance in the entire region,” said Mvurya.

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