Education Cabinet Secretary Prof George Magoha has dismissed a request to have Nyandarua county declared a hardship area for teachers to earn allowance associated with the situation.
Magoha described the county as “Canaan” and sharply contradicted the demand by local leaders for some parts of it to be declared hardship areas wondered why Kenya should be importing potatoes when the area is endowed with favourable weather.
“Why should we be importing potatoes when you are in Canaan?” the CS wondered when he graced the 15th anniversary of Nyandarua Institute of Science and Technology and also its official upgrade to Nyandarua National Polytechnic at the weekend.
Hardship allowance Magoha was answering Governor Francis Kimemia who said some parts of the county should be declared hardship areas and school feeding programmes be started.
In the past, Ndaragwa MP, Jeremiah Kioni had called for his constituency to be moved from Nyandarua to the neighboring Laikipia county so that teachers and other civil servants working in the large dry part of the constituency can benefit from hardship allowance.
Magoha urged the new polytechnic not to join the bandwagon of polytechnics but to specialize in training agriculture experts who can train farmers and help Nyandarua to exploit its productive land to become a real Canaan.
He reiterated that CBC was here to stay as it trains learners to think and do assignments practically.
“The children will remember what they did and not what they were told. That is the difference between CBC and the old system,” he said adding that the old 8-4-4 system wasted many youths.