Dec, 22nd 2020 – The ministry of Education is planning to count and trace missing learners upon reopening of schools, on the 4th of January 2021.
Education CAS Zack Kinuthia says the count will capture actual data on missing girls and boys, as many are expected to be gone, due to early pregnancies, financial constraints or early marriages.
Kinuthia said, “As the government, we reiterate that no child will be discriminated against because of pregnancy or maternity. All children are equal, whatever their situation. Education is every child’s right.”
Speaking at NEP Girls High School, the CAS appealed to parents and guardians whose children are not in school to cooperate with authorities so all information can be gathered.
The CAS also expressed concern over the slow rate at which desks were being delivered by artisans. He said Northeastern was trailing in deliveries at 16 per cent, compared to the national average of 46 per cent.
He said, “We are happy other carpenters have delivered while others continue to construct. The bottom line is that we want desks to be in schools on January 4 when all our children will be there.”
Parents on the other hand have been skeptical and divided on the January reopening as many say that the pandemic has not yet been contained.
The Education Ministry and national government administrators will carry out the exercise in ensuring that as many children as possible are in school as plans are underway to ensure dropouts return to school.
President Uhuru Kenyatta has warned parents against failing to comply with the reopening scheduled for 4th of January. All chiefs have been ordered to account for all children in their jurisdictions.
The head of state said, “I direct the Ministry of Education to receive reports from all primary and secondary schools, regardless of the system of education, and present details of any child or children who have not reported back to school as directed.”
He has also ordered the Ministry of Education to publicize the education policy on reentry in schools to facilitate readmission of new mothers and those pregnant.