Busia County Chief Officer for ICT and Communication Lydia Nabwire has lauded the role played by teachers for being advocates of matters Education at the grassroots level.
Addressing the staff, Board of Management, support staff and invited guests during close of the year ceremony at Farm View Hotel on Christmas eve, Ms
Nabwire noted that team building is a motivational tool which has significant positive impact on the academic performance of learners.
Nabwire who was representing Busia Governor Sospeter Ojaamong noted that the Governor was the brainchild in starting the County Higher Education Loans Board, Education Bursary and Scholarship schemes that has seen many students benefit from that kind gesture.
” The County Government has also been instrumental in improving infrastructure, employing instructors and teachers respectively at various Vocational Training Centres and Early Childhood Development Education Centres across the county. In addition, H.E the Governor has supported both primary and secondary schools at personal level.” she said.
Ms Nabwire als informed the teachers that the Governor initiated the formation of an Education Task Force in collaboration with the M.O.E to look into the challenges of the county’s academic performance and to find ways and means of raising the performance.
Responding to the question on academic performance and unemployment in the county, the Chief Officer noted that media, peer influence, parenting, attitude, teaching methods, poverty levels, sexual abuse among other factors determine the learners’ academic performance, otherwise, the county has done so much to support educational programs amid meager cash flows to the county.
On issue of unemployment, she said that the county has so far created many employment opportunities hence it is not the wish of the county government to see many youths venture into boda boda business, adding that the Building Bridges Initiative to have 35% per cent of the resources chaneled to counties will lead to construction of more factories and hence, creation of more job opportunities for the youths.
Ojaamong Primary head teacher Sherry Etyang appreciated Ms Nabwire for remaining a teacher, noting that the gesture should be emulated by other teachers who have quit their jobs to seek greener pastures.
In attendance was the headteacher of Chakol Girls Primary and Ojami Primary.