Enforcement of Free Primary Education kicks off in Isiolo

The government has started the enforcement of Free Primary Education (FPE) in Isiolo County to ensure that every child in the county enjoys their constitutional right to education.

The County Commissioner (CC), Mr. George Natembeya said implementation of the free and compulsory primary education policy in the country had faced a number of challenges.

Among the challenges, he said, were retrogressive cultural practices such as early marriages, female genital mutilation and moranism.

His remarks on Tuesday were contained in a letter he had addressed to all deputy county commissioners, assistant county commissioners, chiefs and their assistants dated 18th January.

The CC stated that there had been an obvious lack of commitment and focus on the implementation of the policy especially by his department.

The anomaly, Natembeya said, had resulted in illiteracy that in turn played a big role in the rampant practice of stock theft, violent conflicts, unemployment, poverty, extremism and radicalization of the youth.

Natembeya has directed officers under his leadership to immediately commence operation ‘masomo’ in their respective areas of jurisdiction as a matter of priority.

He said the action would reverse the current state of affairs which he described as “neither tenable nor acceptable”.

“Indeed all government resources at your disposal, including police vehicles shall, henceforth, be deployed to this exercise. It shall be unacceptable act of negligence of duty if children are found loitering in the villages, towns or herding livestock in your respective jurisdictions when they should be in school,” stated the CC

He further directed his juniors to furnish him with weekly reports on the progress being made in the programme highlighting the challenges they may encounter.

By David Mutwiri

Source: Kenya News Agency