By Sammy Gichuki Wanjiru
Chiefs and their assistant in Samburu County have been instructed to ensure that all children of school going age are enrolled into school.
Samburu County Commissioner, Muhammed Birik ordered the chiefs and their assistants to ensure that when schools open in January all children are sent to school.
“If any child is found loitering in villages under your jurisdiction, the chiefs and assistant chiefs will be answerable,” said Birik and added, “You must ensure that the implementation of the government agenda on education is realized.”
Speaking at Maralal Primary school in Samburu central sub county when he handed over 29 motorbikes to chiefs and assistant chiefs to facilitate their work in Samburu County, Birik said a system to monitor school attendance per village is being put in place to ensure that chiefs and their assistants adhere to the directive.
“Chiefs and Assistant Chiefs are employed to ensure that the government agenda is successful,” said Birik.
Birik said according to statistics, over 50 per cent of children who are supposed to be in school have not reported to school in Samburu County.
“We know that tomorrow’s criminals are today’s children who have not acquired an education,” he said.
Birik urged public servants working in the county to redouble their efforts in fighting insecurity, highway banditry and illiteracy.
The motorbikes will also be used in security enhancement. Ten motorbikes were handed to ten chiefs and assistant chiefs from Samburu Central sub county, Samburu North received another ten while Samburu East received nine motorbikes.