By Dan Nyamanga.
The Cabinet Secretary for Interior and Coordination of National Government (CS) Dr. Fred Matiang’i has asked all security officials to ensure that no child fails to report back to school, a week after all schools were re-opened following a 10-month stay at home over the outbreak of Corona virus.
Dr. Matiang’i was speaking in Nyambaria Boys Secondary school when they visited the school campaigned by Health Principal secretary Susan Mochache to access the school’s preparedness and adherence to the Health protocols.
The CS noted that, though the numbers of students reporting back to various schools were high, there were still those who were yet to report back and asked all Chiefs across the country to ensure that all children have been tracked and reported back to schools.
In Nyambaria School with a total population of over 2,000, 61 boys were yet to report back.
“Its not something to laugh about when we have 61 boys yet to report back to this school alone, I have talked to the Principal Mr. Baoz Owino to generate an annotated list of the boys who have not reported so that we look for them, the chiefs and all security officials must look for them and ensure they are back to school.
We must ensure all students are back to their respective schools countrywide”, said Dr. Matiang’i.
He also asked school heads in Kenya to allow students report back first before asking them to pay fees so as they don’t scare them away.
” And I know we have challenges of school fees, let’s allow them (students) first so as we don’t keep them at home”, he added.
Most schools across the Country can not meet the Health protocols outlined by the Ministry of Health on social distancing due to lack of enough infrastructure and land for expansion.
A spot check done by our reporter indicates that 80% of schools in Nyamira County are unable to address the health protocols posing a challnege to the school administrations .
CS Dr. Matiang’i was also accompanied by Kitutu Masaba Member of Parliament (M.P) Shadrack Mose, Nyamira County Women representative Jerusha Momanyi, County Director of Education Margaret Mwirigi and County Commissioner Amos Mariba.