Education cabinet secretary Professor George Magoha says the government has put in place elaborate mechanisms to ensure school going children are not adversely affected by natural calamities.
With concerns that some schools face possible closure with the onset of rains, Magoha says the government has moved to mitigate against the effects through erection of tents and other amenities as well as the transfer of those affected to nearby schools. “Every Kenyan child is equal and will be given equal opportunities.” Magoha assured.
Speaking at Uhuru gardens primary school during an assessment of learning and delivery of desks, Magoha said an inter-ministerial committee was constantly reviewing the unfolding situation with a view of advising the government accordingly.
Several schools in Baringo county have been affected by flood waters following heavy rains that have caused a rise in water levels at Lake Baringo.
Magoha at the same time said the government’s programme to supply desks to public primary and secondary schools is well on course despite reservations on the feasibility of the project. Magoha cautioning against negative publicity on the project that he says is vital in enhancing public schools’ infrastructure and improving learning outcomes. “As you cast aspersions on the project, also go ahead and report what you can see” Magoha quipped.
Magoha said 840 desks will be supplied to 12 primary schools and 3 secondary schools within Lang’ata sub-county by Monday next week.
In the 1.9 billion shillings project which is under the economic stimulus programme, about 622,357 lockers and chairs are set to be supplied to 5,136 public primary schools and 5,254 secondary schools.
Public primary schools will receive the bulk of the supplies with the government allocating 360,000 desks while secondary schools will receive 263,157 lockers and chairs.
Selected primary schools will each receive 70 desks while secondary schools will get 50 lockers and chairs.