Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha on Tuesday, August 31, 2021 gave parents ultimatum of ensuring that their children report to form one by Friday, September 3, 2021 or face the full wrath of law.
While speaking during a mop-up event in Kiandutu slums in Thika, Kiambu County, the tough talking Education Cabinet Secretary warned that the Government would arrest all parents who deny their children the right to education.
Magoha also noted that there is no reason for parents to continue staying with their children at home while the government pays for them secondary schools fees.
“75 percent of all the 10,000 public secondary schools in the country are day schools, and we pay for all the school fees in these schools except for uniforms and food.
“Why must students stay home? If we find out that you are keeping a child who has finished primary school at home by Friday, you will be arrested,” Magoha stated.
The Education Cabinet Secretary stated that the government is enhancing efforts to ensure the 100-percent transition rate from primary to secondary schools, adding that the rate currently stands at 96 percent across the country.
Magoha did not spare school heads who have been sending students home over various grievances such as lack of a school uniform noting that they risk being arrested.
He maintained that the principals should allow the students to continue with their education despite their challenges.
“Our target is to achieve 100-percent transition by Friday. Education is the only game-changer in our society.
“We have already paid first term capitation for all our students and see no reason for any student to stay home,” he acknowledged.
The Education Ministry has been stringent in its efforts in ensuring the 100 percent transition rate which has seen Magoha alongside other Ministry of Education Officials engage in mop-up exercises across the counties with the worst transition rate in a bid to resolve the situation.
Currently, Garissa, Kilifi, and Kwale counties have been reported to have the lowest transition rate while Nyanza, Central, Eastern, and Nairobi counties have recorded the highest number of students enrollment to secondary schools.