School heads and board of management will be prosecuted for charging fees in public primary institutions, Deputy President William Ruto has said.
Principals would also be held to account if they ask parents to make any payments in day secondary schools.
Speaking in Saku Constituency in Marsabit County on Friday, Mr Ruto said chiefs and county commissioners would also be held liable if children in their jurisdictions fail to attend school.
“We want equality in our society, whether you are from a poor or rich background. If we can achieve universal access to education, we would be on our way to attaining that dream as a country,” he said.
In its bid to boost transition between secondary and tertiary education, the Deputy President said the government would from next month be giving a Sh30,000 bursary to every student attending technical training.
The Higher Education Loans’ Board, Mr Ruto added, would also extend Sh40,000 annually to every student as a way of cushioning parents from the burden of paying fees.
“We have built technical training colleges in Saku, Laisamis, Moyale and North Horr. The ultimate goal of the government is to set up one college in each constituency,” he said.
He said for a long time, Kenya lagged behind in terms of development for lack of enough men and women with capacity to power the economy.
“The technical training would therefore shift our form of education from theoretical to technical. It is competence-based training that would prepare Kenya for a major economic take off which is anchored on the Big Four Agenda,” he noted.
The Deputy President said Kenya was ripe for development but cushioned the public against entertaining leaders whose politics is driven by hate and tribalism.
He called on Kenyans to exploit the business opportunities that were brought by the tarmacking of the Isiolo-Moyale road, which connects Kenya to Ethiopia.
In preparation for a population boom In Marsabit that would come with the modernisation of this road, Mr Ruto said Sh2 billion had been put aside for water and sewerage system which will be commissioned in October.
“More water projects would be put up in Sololo, Moyale, North Horr, Laisamis and Loiyangalani in the next five years that would cost about Sh10 billion,” he said.
“The meeting between President Uhuru Kenyatta and US President Donald Trump and the coming of UK Prime Minister Theresa May is a signal that Kenya is on the right track. As leaders, we will rally behind you for more development to be realised,” said Saku MP Ali Rasso.
He said as leaders from Marsabit, they support the fight against corruption but it should not be used as a political tool to bring down other leaders.
While observing that they would support Mr Ruto’s 2022 presidential bid, Garsen MP Ali Wario noted: “The turbulence you (Mr Ruto) are experiencing is normal in any political journey. We will stand by you.”
On his part, Marsabit Governor Mohamud Mohamed said leaders should support the government in the implementation of the Big Four Agenda.
The Deputy President was accompanied by Marsabit Senator Godana Hargura, nominated Senator Naomi Wako, Marsabit Woman Representative Safia Sheikh Adan, MPs Chachu Ganya (North Horr), Musa Arbelle (Laisamis) and Isiolo Woman Representative Rehema Jaldesa