Secondary School Principals who sell form one slots of students who cannot afford to join their schools for one reason or the other have been put on notice.
The Thika deputy county commissioner Tom Anjere says the culprits will be hunted and stern action taken against them by the government .
Anjere said,It’s a fraudulent act punishable by law and the local Criminal Investigations department will probe any allegation to that effect and those culpable will be dealt with accordingly.
Speaking at Thika High school during a meeting to ensure 100% transition of students to high school, Anjere said that the government machinery was privy to information that 355 students who sat their KCPE last year are yet to report to their respective secondary schools for unknown reasons .
Consequently the DCC announced that the local Education Board will go out of its way to get to the bottom of the problem.
Anjere who was accompanied by the area MP Eng. Patrick Wainaina(wa Jungle), the area Director of Education Ronald Mbogo and the entire Security Committee revealed that chiefs and their Assistants have embarked on a thorough door to door mop up campaign aimed at ensuring that every eligible student joins secondary school adding that the government has vowed to implement fully the free Secondary School education policy.
He said that the Ministry of Education has clearly stipulated the basic requirements for the 100% transition saying that every student who sat the KCPE and attained a mark is eligible to join a day Secondary school near him and the only requirement was the relevant school uniform nothing else.
The Administrator lauded the local MP for the support he was according the local education sector saying that the legislator has stepped in and promised to expand facilities that have been overstretched adding that the administration was working closely with the MP to ensure that the free secondary school education is actualized.
Speaking at the same forum Eng. Patrick Wainaina called on parents to ensure that they don’t stop their children from pursuing secondary school education in the various day schools spread across the Sub-County saying that it was now an offence to keep a deserving child at home.
The MP also cautioned Secondary School heads who were sending students home for failure to pay lunch money that he will catch up with them
No student should be sent home for whatever reason and any principal doing otherwise will have to explain whose instructions they are executing the MP concluded.
Source: Kenya News Agency