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By Francis Kaivilu
Mwingi North constituency member of parliament Engineer Paul Musyimi Nzengu has urged the area residents to regularly visit the health facilities within the area for regular medical check ups. Speaking during a burial ceremony of the late Kimangao Boys Secondary school deputy principal Ngulya Mutua in Mwanzingi village, Kyuso ward Mwingi North constituency on Friday, who passed on after a short illness, the legislator advised that by so doing, one would identify any health complications they are suffering from and go for medication in time.
Nzengu also asked specifically men not to hide their medical conditions citing an example of Prostate cancer.
“Please, I’m kindly requesting all men who are above forty years to go for medical check ups  to fight one  fierce enemy called prostate cancer which is currently killing many men in the country simply because of fear that they would be stigmatized in their respective communities”,    the legislator requested during the event.
He added that knowing their medical status early in advance would save their lives.
Diabetes among other types of cancer were also mentioned to be deadly infections with Engineer Nzengu emphasizing that going for regular medical check ups was the best remedy for such.
On the other hand, the Mwingi north legislator asked the parents not to open new schools in the area so as to maintain the standards and quality of infrastructure in the available schools currently.  This came up after some photographs of grassy thatched classrooms in the area went viral on different social media platforms.
Nzengu said that by improving the schools which are currently operational, would improve the pupils’ or/and students’ performance in the area since studying in a wanting learning environment, would automatically lead to poor performance hence continued poverty in the area. He promised to back education as a way of eradicating poverty in his constituency.
His words were echoed by the former member of parliament for Mwingi north constituency John Munuve Mati who was also in attendance. In his speech Munuve asked the parents to work hard to keep their children in school since by so doing, the latter would concentrate hence improved performance.
On her side, Kenya National Union of Teachers(KNUT) excecutive secretary Kyuso branch in Mwingi north Agnes Kambua Musee, blamed the Teachers Service Commission(TSC) for sacking teachers who are said to have disrupted fellow teachers training on Competency Based Curriculum(CBC) terming the move uncouth. Kambua said that before the program was put in place, teachers, parents and pupils MUST have been fully consulted and detailed research done for it’s success.
“We are not against the CBC but our problem is that as teachers, we were neither consulted nor involved in decision making for the curriculum development. I am asking the employer to return to work all the  teachers who were sacked in connection with the latter”, Kambua said in her speech.
She added that four teachers in her area were affected by the employer’s move arguing that this might deteriorate education in schools where such teachers were working.
She maintained that consultations with and respect to the teachers’ unions by TSC is key to any  successful curriculum in the country.
In May 2019,  during the launch of the Teachers Service Commission Strategic Plan 2019-2023 , Education CS George Magoha said that his office will not deal with 160 interdicted teachers who were against the Competency Based Curriculum. He said that the interdicted teachers should solve their issues with their employer.
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