The Principal Secretary State Department for University Education and Research Amb. Simon Nabukwesi came to the aid of a needy form one learner who has been unable to attend enroll in Secondary education.
The student, Harriet Hapless’ parents were not in a financial position to pay the 6,000 shillings required for lunch. She had received admission at Tumaini secondary school in Nakuru.
The PS donated the money and directed the area chief to ensure the girl was taken back to school.
Amb. Nabukwesi who was on a form one learners mop up in Nakuru County visited several schools in the area to establish the exact number of candidates who transited and those who were yet to report to form one.
The PS was informed by senior Ministry officials and those from the Interior ministry that learners especially those living in informal settlements were facing financial constraints. It was further established that a good number resorted to informal employment therefore failing to sit last year’s KCPE national examinations after dropping out of school.
During his visit, the PS found Assistant County Commissioner Moseti Moffat assisting needy children in getting uniforms to enable them to go to school.
Moffat said sufficient data had been gathered to ascertain the number who had not reported and that arrangements had been put in place to ensure they all report to form one.
The PS later visited Heshima primary school located within an informal settlement where it was reported that a number of needy cases had failed to join form one.
While engaging the parents from the area, the PS explained to them the reasons why it was necessary for them to ensure their children attend school adding that education was free and compulsory according to the children’s Act and therefore they should not deny their children the right to education.
At Kaptembwo primary ECDE it was established that at least eight learners had failed to join form one and are still at large. Amb. Nabukwesi directed the District County Commissioner to search for their whereabouts and ensure they join form one adding that no child should be denied the right to education due to lack of money.
The mop-up exercise seeks to ensure 100 percent transition to form one. Education ministry officials had been directed by the Education Cabinet Secretary to work closely with local administrators to ensure all learners transit to secondary education and that they must account for all the learners who sat last year’s KCPE National Examinations.