BY UPESI NEWS TEAM,6TH JAN,2020-Monday 6,Jan 2020 is the first day that marks the start of the academic calender for the year as Schools reopens across the country.Primary pupils report to school today while secondary schools reopen on Wednesday.
Form One students are expected to report to their schools between January 13 and 17.
Parents across the country were busy shopping for their children at book stores, supermarkets and uniform dealers on Sunday.
A sport check by Upesinews across the country has established that various stakeholders among them parents are on the move to ensure that all goes well.However as expected challenges have been witnessed as expected with most of parents complaining of hiked fares as well as lack of means to travel as most bus stations witnessed view vehicles.
In Mombasa, locals decried the high price of items. “I expected prices to be high but not this much. I have used far more than what I had budgeted for,” Ms Mary Wanjigi, the mother of a Form One student, said.
Businesses dealing in metal boxes thrived. Some parents urged the government to regulate the fees charged by secondary schools, blaming some principals of exploiting them.
In Makueni, the fate of at least 16 students picked as beneficiaries of the inaugural Elimu Scholarship programme is unknown after county education officials expunged their names from the list at the eleventh hour.
“Anyone who was in a private primary school was disqualified from the Elimu scholarship scheme following a directive by the government,” Kibwezi Sub-County director of education Kennedy Machora said.
Five students in the sub-county are among those disqualified.
There are fears that among those in the list are orphans and sick learners who scored at least 280 marks out of a possible 500 in the 2019 Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) examinations.
Several supermarkets and shops in Nakuru registered good business as parents and their children bought books, pens, rulers, mathematical sets and other items.
We also discovered that by the time of going to press business for many book sellers in Nyanza also boomed. Some stores ran out of stock by mid afternoon.