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BY KORIR JUMA,NAIROBI,12TH JAN 2018-Acting education cabinet secretary Fred Matiangi says the government will not turn back on the ongoing plan to change headteachers of high schools across the country.
Addressing the county security chiefs at the Kenya school of government in Nairobi on Friday,Matiang’i says the plan is fully backed by the constitution that mandates any Kenyan to work and live anywhere in the country.”This is a move that the government is not running back on.”you can not dictate to the government what to do next time we will have to content with even worse conditions if we allow this”.he said.
Matiangi also urged the county security heads to ensure that all those who are involved in harassing head teachers and chasing them away from schools they are posted are arrested and taken to court.He commended the police for arresting 7 MCAs who in Kibwezi who were blocking a teacher from assuming her responsibilities.
Free secondary school education
On free secondary school education for CS Matiangi has issued a stun warning to headteachers who may want to introduce other unauthorized fees in schools adding they will not be tolerated.
Matiangi said the government has waived all fees under the current plan with every student having received ksh 22,000 for fee and there should be no payment on the part of parents.The CS ordered all county education directors and county security heads to ensure that the school fee structure is fully adhered to by all school principals.”I want to direct all of you county security heads who are here together with all education directors in the county to arm yourself with the approved government fee structure and go school to school and ensure that it is followed those who are not going to obey it should be arrested” .said Matiangi.The CS has also added that the government will sack all principals who do not obey the fee structure.
Gambling and Drug Abuse
Meanwhile acting education CS Fred Matiang’i has expressed his concerns on the ever increasing culture of gambling in the country.According to Matiangi gambling had led to poor academic performance in schools as most students are now becoming addicted to the vice with the number of gambling machines increasing in residential estates and entertainment joints .He says the ban that was imposed on import and sale of the same by the late interior CS Joseph Ole Nakisery still stands insisting that nobody is allowed to import or sale the machines.”Anybody found to be dealing with those machines will be arrested,i know the machines are owned and managed by foreigners we will arrest and deport all those foreigners back to their countries if found”warned matiang’i.
The CS has also directed county security chiefs and commissioners to ensure they mount up an operation that will ensure no gambling machines are found in the country.