Learners Lives At Risk, Says CS Magoha

Education Cabinet Secretary Prof George Magoha has reprimanded the Members of Parliament for demanding registration of schools which are not suitable to host learners.

Speaking in Mombasa, the Chief Secretary said that the MPs were using NG-CDF money to build some MP schools and they want the ministry to register them even if they are not completed.

The CS directed the Quality Assurance Officers of the Ministry of Education to check the schools before registering them.

Prof Magoha also explained that the government will reconsider cases where a school needs immediate registration but will receive provisional registration orders.

He also said that some schools would be temporarily registered and added that the ministry would not be used or influenced by politics.

“We will not allow schools to be registered for political reasons. Any school with a minimum requirement must be registered provisionally.

“We will register them but we will investigate. We will not clean the schools built by politicians,” the CS explained.

Magoha gave an example from Nyanza where he said that he inspected schools after pressure from politicians, but realized they did not meet the requirements.

CS explained, “I have realized that people who do strange things in registering schools have delayed these processes. Then there are small cases of fallbacks that we will uncover. But we will make sure that new schools are registered. ”

He said, “I want to assure my officials that I will take full responsibility. No one should motivate you to register a school which still needs infrastructure.”

Magoha was speaking amid an ongoing campaign with internal CS Fred Matiang’i to ensure that thousands of missing Form One students are enrolled in the school.

The search exercise for approximately 100,000 missing students was scheduled to begin on the morning of Monday, August 23 and would involve all stakeholders at the sub-county level.

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