The Cabinet Secretary for Education Amb. Dr. Amina Mohamed says the Ministry will develop guidelines on the use of school land to prevent the rising cases of land being leased to external users who then interfere with learning.
She noted that such guidelines should also include allocation of land for play, sports and safe zones for children.
The CS was speaking when she and Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Lands and Physical Planning, Farida Karoney met with the Multi-Agency Working Group gazetted on 1st November, 2018 to fast-track school land titling.
She commended the team’s efforts to digitise data on school land to enhance information access by the public on status of school land titling.
“This work is long overdue and needs to be completed to safeguard public schools to ensure that children have places for learning, sports and recreation in line with the Presidential Directive of 2018,” said Amb. Mohamed.
In his remarks, the Chairman of the Working Group Dr. Sylvester Mulambe updated that to date, 9,556 schools have received Title Deeds since the process began in November, 2018. An additional 419 schools in settlement schemes have also been issued with Titles. 1,491 transfers have also been processed and are awaiting execution by the Cabinet Secretary for the National Treasury. An additional 950 are being processed at NLC.
28 Counties including Uasin Gishu, Kisumu, Nairobi, Meru, Nyeri, Bomet, Kakamega, Tharaka Nithi, Nyamira, Kajiado, Laikipia, Nakuru, Makueni, and Narok have been audited for this process. Auditing of the remaining 19 Counties will commence in April, 2019 to ensure that data from all 47 counties has been captured.
The meeting was also attended by the Ag. CEO, National Land Commission Ms. Kabale Tache Arero, and the Head of the Shule Yangu Alliance Campaign at Transparency International – Kenya, Mr. Samuel Kimeu, who in their remarks, confirmed the institutional commitments in support of the school titling exercise.
The Nairobi County Regional Director Mr. John Ololtuaa who was also present emphasized that Nairobi County which is facing the most tilting complexities should be prioritized.