The political leadership in Elgeyo Marakwet and Trans Nzoia Counties have been asked to support the Government’s agenda of expanding school’s infrastructure by providing funds for construction of classrooms, dormitories, laboratories, dining halls, toilets and other facilities if social distancing was to be achieved in schools.
Principal Secretary Post training and skills development Alfred Rotich and his university education and research counterpart Amb. Simon Nabukwesi visited St Patrick School Iten and observed that the school despite being a national school with a high population of 1,562 learners is congested and has only 3 laboratories.
PS Rotich said the Government provides funds but are insufficient and he therefore said the County Government and political leaders in the counties should complement the Government’s effort in providing infrastructural funds in-order to make the school environment conducive for all learners.
On his part PS Amb. Nabukwesi expressed disappointment that the local politicians had not prioritized the school which should act as a model in Elgeyo Marakwet County.
A similar scenario was witnessed in Kwanza, Trans Nzioa County where many schools lacked additional facilities and were congested.
On pregnancies, Amb. Nabukwesi addressed the female learners in the schools he visited and cautioned them against engaging in premarital sex which leads to early pregnancies.
He gave them examples of European countries where girls complete their education and get married at the age of 34.
“You must be responsible and be a child when you are in school and avoid practices that will make you become slaves of stupid men who want to make you mothers when you are still a child, the Government wants you girls to finish your education and become independent so that no man mishandles you” said the PS.
He spoke to girls at AIC secondary school Iten, where 12 pregnancies were reported with 8 of them being candidates.
Three cases were reported at Chepsigot secondary school and 1 at Rokocho mixed day secondary school.
School Heads in the affected schools were asked to work with the local administration to trace the men responsible for the pregnancies so that appropriate action is taken against them.
It also emerged that male learners who had not returned to schools had engaged in boda boda business while others had become farm laborers.
The school visits are aimed at establishing the number of learners who have resumed classes since January 4th, identify the challenges facing schools as well as monitor compliance with the ministry of health and World Health Organization covid-19 prevention protocols.