Higher Education Principal Secretary Professor Colleta Suda has challenged education stakeholders to invest in improving infrastructure in schools to ensure every Kenyan child gets education.
Professor Suda said the government is committed to achieving 100% transition rate from primary to secondary school and no poor child should drop out of school.
Speaking at Kanga High School in Migori County, the PS also urged students to put more effort in academics now that the government has provided free text books in chore subjects.
The Regional Education Coordinator Richard Chepkawai who also spoke said distribution and production of books will give disadvantaged students equal opportunity as their counter parts in more privileged schools.
The books were distributed by Moran publishers, Kenya Literature Bureau and Oxford University Press to Kanga High School in Rongo, Kadika Girls High School in Suna East, Moi Nyabohanse Girls and Isebania Boys high school in Kuria West. The books are expected to be distributed to all the 248 public secondary schools in Migori County.
Meanwhile, Form one students at Gitugi Girls High School are all set to begin learning after officials from Kenya Literature Bureau delivered free text books as promised by the ministry of education.
The initiative which provides six text books per form one student is seen as an equalizer in the education sector nationwide.
Kenya Literature Bureau Director Martin Mbau said that this is an exercise that will see all schools get six text books for core subjects at a ratio of one to one adding that this will be an equalizer in the education sector for all form one students nationwide.
Gitugi Girls Principal Esther Kirira lauded the gesture by the Government saying it will go a long way in improving the education standards across the country.
Sentiments echoed by Mathioya MP Peter Kimari who noted that students from under privileged backgrounds will also greatly benefit.
Kimari said the free text books program will also be rolled out in form two, three, four and also in standard seven and eight.