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BY EURIDICE NZIOKA,NAIROBI,12TH JAN 2018-All school buses must be painted yellow by March 30.This is according to acting Education CS Fred Matiangi .
Addressing a meeting of county commissioners and other security chiefs on Friday at the Kenya school of government,Matiang’i, who is also Interior minister, has also asked traffic police to ensure the buses only operate between 6am and 6pm. the order is inline with Traffic (Amendment) Bill, 2016 passed by members of parliament last year which requires all school buses to be of yellow colour.
The Bill requires institution names written in black and that the vehicles have all prescribed signage. The law further proposes that the buses be fitted with safety belts designed for use by children.The changes were introduced to improve safety of pupils and teachers who use the vehicles.
low number of students reporting to school
Matiang’i raised questions about the low number of students who have reported to schools for the new term.
“I am alarmed by the low turn out of students reporting for form one in the coast region. I have spoken to governors … together we must get more children to school.”
The minister, who spoke at Kenya School of Government on Friday, noted marginalisation can only be fought through education.
“Parents and local leaders must ensure all children who are of age attend school without fail,” he added.
Statistics show the region has recorded the lowest form one turnout following the 2017 KCSE examinations. Performance was poor.
In Kwale county, 754 learners reported yet 5,568 slots were available, while in Malindi, only 57 out of 240 places have been filled.
Haki Africa said on Thursday that Mombasa is recording an “alarmingly” low form one enrollment rate.
Executive Director Hussein Khalid added the county has generally been performing dismally in matters education because “officials are not serious”.
The lobby group said while schools in other counties were hitting near 100 per cent turnout, Mombasa’s best was 49.7 per cent – Mvita Secondary School.
A hundred and four of the expected 212 form ones went to school on Thursday, a week after schools reopened.
Matiangi also announced that the government was considering adding one more week to students at the coast region to continue reporting until Friday next week. He has urged coast regional coordinator Nelson Marwa to work with other relevant education officials in the county and ensure parents take their children to school.