Government to act Firm on Schools that have not repainted their buses

The government will from next week crackdown on schools that have not complied with the directive to repaint to the yellow color their buses.

This according to the government will enhance the safety of school children on roads and also monitor their movements.

Speaking during the launch of Kenya Primary Development Project at the St. Georges primary school on Wednesday, the Permanent Secretary (PS) in the Ministry of Education, Belio Kipsang said all public and private schools have been given enough time to comply with the Traffic amendment act passed last year and regretted that most had not complied.

All schools should have complied with the traffic regulation act as gazetted by the government, from next week we will work with the ministry of interior and we shall take tough measures against schools that would have not done so, said Kipsang.

According to the PS, this was one of the ways of protecting the rights of school children.

The PS also noted that the Government was yet to launch the National Hospital Fund comprehensive Medical cover for all school children.

The medical cover, which aims at making children spend more time in school will facilitate the vaccination of school children and other medical expenses.

The comprehensive medical cover that will be launched officially later this year by the President will provide school children with medical care, thus reducing the rate of absenteeism, clarified Kipsang.

Additionally the PS warned school heads who levied extra payment contrary to the stipulated amount that they will be punished.

The Kasarani Member of Parliament (MP), Mercy Gakuya urged the Government to put up more vocational training centers so as to train the youth and make them self-employed. This, she noted, will aid in reducing crime rates.

Other Members of Parliament present, were Embakasi South (Julius Mawathe) Roysambu (Waihenya Ndirangu) and Makadara (George Aladwa).

Source: Kenya News Agency