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MMUST STEM Scholars Enrich Teacher Capacity for Improved Performance in Science and Mathematics in Vihiga and Kakamega Counties


proncipalFriends Girls High School-Igunga, Principal Ms. Racheal Amukhale (seated in front) and other trainees following the workshop presentations.

The workshop was flagged off by the Sub-County Director of Education- Vihiga County, Mr. Daniel Anekeya who commended MMUST researchers for endeavoring to bring change in the performance of Science subjects. He urged the trainees to implement the skills they have been taught for improved performance of the subjects.


The Sub-County Director of Education- Vihiga County, Mr. Daniel Anekeya addressing the participants.

Speaking during the training, the Keynote speaker, Prof. William Shivoga noted that teaching is a noble profession. He urged the teachers to uphold patience, discipline and professionalism in order to earn respect from the learners. Prof. Shivoga further stated that science is logical and systematic, therefore, the teachers need to encourage scientific thinking, be scientific literate and integrate sciences with other subjects for easy learning

 “Our aim is to reach the entire country and beyond since MMUST is both a national and international University. Regarding places that we cannot access, we shall reach out to the teachers virtually,” said Prof. Shivoga.

Echoing Prof. Shivoga, the Doctor of Physics, Dr. Bernard Rapando reiterated that the numbers of students taking STEM subjects at secondary level affects the entry behavior of students pursuing related programs at the Universities.

profshivogaProf. William Shivoga making a presentation during the training.

 “These fears should be allayed to have more students, especially girls taking Sciences. Unless we have enhancement programs of this caliber to address these issues at an early stage, this problem will be generational,” warned Dr. Rapando.

drrapandoDr. Benard Rapando making a point at the workshop

Additionally, Dr. Philip Amuyunzu who is the brain behind the program, stated that poor performance in Science and Mathematics is the main impediment to excellent performance among students.

“This workshop is meant to empower and equip teachers with professional skills and pedagogical approaches that will make them improve their delivery mode.  As KCSE is approaching, the teachers need to be rejuvenated so that they can impact positively on the candidates. We have brought in specialists for various subjects and a motivational speaker to encourage them,” said Dr. Amuyunzu.


Dr. Philip Amuyunzu speaking at the workshop.

“I am a Biology teacher and examiner of Kenya Certificate of Secondary Examinations. We are here to interact with our teachers on issues concerning setting and marking of examinations, preparing students for examinations and addressing some of the mistakes we make that contribute to negative attitudes and poor performance,” said one of the trainers, Mr.  Samuel Muluka.


A section of the workshop participants.

The Principal, Friends Girls High School-Igunga, Ms. Racheal Amukhale, thanked the University for the impactful training. She noted that the performance of the subjects is likely to improve through such training.

Preparing students for STEM fields and imparting on their science and math competencies is key to improved performance. STEM subjects are undeniably important if we are to meet the needs of our increasingly globalized world. Seventy-five percent (75%) of the courses at the University require good performance of Science and Mathematics, therefore, knowing what encourages uptake of these subjects to the highest level is of utmost importance.

 By Linet Owuor

Photos by  Linet Owuor

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