Leaders from West Pokot County have supported the directive by Cabinet Secretary for Education, Fred Matiangi, that all secondary schools in the country must have functional websites by June 2016.
Speaking Saturday at Embosis Secondary School in Kapenguria Constituency, the area Governor Simon Kachapin, Women Representative, Regina Nyeris and Kapenguria MP Samuel Moroto asked all the schools to embrace and start implementing the initiative.
While launching form one selection last week Dr. Matiang’i asked all secondary schools to ensure they have functional websites to enhance public access to information, adding that selections will be done online 2017.
Kachapin pointed out that lack of electricity would provide challenges as most of the schools in some areas were not yet connected.
The Governor asked contractors who have been awarded tenders through rural electrification to connect power to all secondary schools in the region to speed up the process.
He at the same time asked the government to collaborate with various mobile telephony network service providers to ensure that the county is fully connected.
Moroto thanked the Cabinet Secretary for streamlining the education sector saying as a result, parents have been protected from greedy principals who charge exorbitant fees.
The leaders also pointed out that they will push for affirmative action to be taken by the ministry to ensure that teachers’ shortage problem in the county is addressed.
“The Teachers Service Commission should prioritize marginalized regions to get more teachers. This County stayed for over fifteen years after independence without any secondary school. The government needs to prioritize such areas to get more teachers and schools,” he said.
By John Saina
Source: Kenya News Agency