Coast Regional Commissioner (RC) John Elungata has directed chiefs and their assistants in Kilifi County to identify form one children who have been unable to report to secondary schools and assist them.
Elungata has said chiefs should play a critical role in helping the Education Ministry to achieve its 100 percent transition policy in the country where he said Coast region is at 64 percent in form one transition.
He said the local administrators should stand firm on the issue of education noting that children have a right to basic education regardless of the economic status of their parents.
Speaking during a stakeholder’s forum at Wakala Girls Secondary School in Kilifi North Sub-county, Kilifi County, Elungata directed the grassroots administrators to ensure that all form one students have reported to school by Mid-October.
The administrator who was accompanied by the newly posted regional Police Commander Manase Musyoka, Kilifi County Commissioner Kutswa Olaka among other government officials said only 16 form one girls had reported to Wakala Girls and 34 girls could not be traced.
The RC said the government is doing everything possible to provide the necessary infrastructure that would help learners acquire basic education and asked parents ensure their children report to school even if they lack school uniform.
“I direct Wakala Location chief to comb his area of jurisdiction and smoke out the 34 form one girls who have not reported to school in two weeks’ time,” said Elungata.
Elungata directed the grassroots administrators to look out for those who failed to transit to secondary schools in their localities for whatever reason in a bid to help the Ministry of Education achieve its 100 per cent transition policy.
The Coast administrator also decried over rampant teenage pregnancies which he said not only disrupt young girls’ quest for education, but also pose a serious physical and psycho-social health challenges to the young girls.
“I want the courts to give maximum jail sentence to any man identified by teenage pregnancy victims as having impregnated them. I want the young mothers after giving birth to go back to school and continue with their education,” Noted Mr Elungata.
[Wakala Girls Secondary school students in Kilifi. Photo/Ahmed Omar].
On his part Kilifi County Commissioner Kutswa Olaka said together with his team of National Government Administration Officers (NGAO) have launched a campaign to trace the pupils who have failed to report for form one intake in their respective schools of admission.
Mr Olaka said students who sat for their KCPE exam and are supposed to transit to form one in Kilifi County are 35,857 out of which only 23,030 have reported to school leaving a deficit of 12,827.