The Makueni County Government has set aside sh. 89 million this financial year to purchase maize and beans for some primary schools and polytechnics in the area.
The monies will be used to purchase 10,600 bags of maize and 2,700 bags of beans to benefit the institutions that are not under the school feeding program of the national government.
The County Executive for Education, Ruth Kyatha said the supplies will help curb absenteeism and dropout rate among pupils. We have set aside funds to purchase food for schools and polytechnics to assist in retaining the students in schools and ensure they concentrate in their studies. The food will be used between the months of July 2017, said Kyaka.
On water, she disclosed that the county government will also assist schools to harvest rain water and sink bore holes to alleviate the acute shortage facing many schools.
Although she did not mention the number of schools that will benefit from the programme, the ECM observed that the local residents around the institutions will also be assisted with the scarce commodity.
The county government has set aside sh 1 billion to fund water projects in Makueni County this 2017/2018 financial year. These projects will go a long way in assisting our schools and the community to get the scarce commodity, posed the ECM.
Makueni County Director of Education (CDE), Ms. Jane Njogu warned that teachers who will be involved in politics this period risk being sacked challenging them to remain neutral.
People in the society respect what teachers say and thus they should be careful not to be involved in the campaigns, saying this will put their job on the line, she warned.
She told teachers to ensure they secured title deeds for their schools and warned them against forcing students to repeat classes saying it was criminal.
At the same time, she cautioned teachers against sending students home for fees saying the government had paid for each student, noting that it was discriminative and wastage of valuable time of learners.
Levies and remedial money is not part of the ministry’s arrangement and should not be encouraged in schools, she noted.
Njogu outlawed the use of the names like president, governor, senator and speaker for student leaders in schools, saying they have no relevance to education.
Source: Kenya News Agency