Despite the government ruling out possibilities of extending the deadline on the directive requiring schools to paint their buses yellow, it has now emerged that most schools are yet to comply.
The Principal Secretary in charge of education, Belio Kipsang, now says that school administrators who will not have complied with the directive by tomorrow (Saturday) should consider taking their buses off the roads.
Most school principals in Thika have said that most garages that qualify to offer the service have either been overcharging them or doing substandard jobs.
They said the service providers were taking advantage of the directive to mint money from schools attributing their none compliance to exaggerated prices and shoddy works.
Aimeel Preparatory school principal, Chrisphine Oluoch, said that although the school had complied with the directive, it spent over half a million to paint 7 of its buses.
The directive issued by former acting education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i also directed that school buses operate between 6 am to 6 pm.
He said that the buses should also be fitted with safety belts designed for children and that the only way to reduce the increased accidents including those carrying students if the prescribed rules are followed.
Matiang’i directed part of the Sh29.5 billion the government released for the first term of free secondary education to be used on the changes. He also explained that Sh22,244 that each student receives under free day secondary education programme included money that catered for local transport and travel of students.
A 2016 report by the traffic department said hundreds of school-going children perish on the roads while traveling to and from school. The report indicated that about 400 pupils, mainly in urban areas die in road accidents every year.