Lamu county has attained a 101% transition in the education sector.
According to recent statistics from the Government, many pupils who accomplished their primary education have now joined Form One.
There has been a vigorous campaign in the county that involved the Ministry of education officials, education stakeholders and the community in ensuring pupils who sat for their KCPE join Secondary schools.
The County administration was forced to conduct a door to door campaign in various Lamu Islands among them Pate, Manda and Faza with an aim of sending children to Secondary school.
“It is government order that all children who completed their primary education are registered in Form One and we have achieved that,” Said Lamu County Commissioner Irungu Macharia.
Macharia blamed parents for failing to prioritise their children’s education.
“It has been the norm for parents to marry off their young girls immediately they complete their primary education but we are not entertaining such nonsense,” Revealed Mr Macharia.
The Lamu Administrator warned parents who will not register their children in secondary school that they will be punished.
“Some of our parents will spend a lot of money in organising weddings and other less critical family meetings but will not pay school fees for their children claiming they are poor, we discourage that,” Reiterated Mr Macharia.
Speaking on the same issue, Lamu based human rights defender Yunus Is’hakia Ahmed said the Lamu education sector is gradually transforming.
He said such efforts should not be relaxed but be enhanced so that children get their basic education.
“However, local leaders and specifically the Lamu county government should expand its bursary program to ensure children from poor families get an education,” Said Ahmed.