Administrators in Trans Nzoia County have been directed to ensure form one students yet to enroll for school to do so by this
The directive was issued by the Trans Nzoia County Commissioner (CC), Samson Ojwang, during a meeting with Deputy County Commissioners and Sub-county Education Officers at Kitale School on Wednesday.
The meeting, which was also attended by County Director Education
(CDE), Salome Maina, assessed Form one enrolment progress in Trans
According to official statistics from the Ministry of Education, Trans
Nzoia County was at 84.57, percent transition rate with a total of
24,983 admitted in Form one out of the 29,541 selected students.
“We have a total of 4,558 students from the County who are yet
to report to enroll in Form one,” disclosed Ojwang.
The meeting identified lack of fees, early marriages and child labour,
as some of challenges hindering achievement of hundred percent
transition in the County.
Ojwang called for closer cooperation with among education stakeholders in the County, revealing that intelligence reports indicate that a number of children who are
expected to be in school had crossed to West Pokot and Elgeyo Marakwet
“I will engage my West Pokot and Elgeyo Marakwet counterparts to
enable us get back our students alleged to have moved to their
relatives there,” the CC assured.
He further promised to do the same to Regional District Commissioners
(RDC) in the neighbouring Uganda where a number of students from the
county are said to have disappeared.
“I have instructed all Assistant Chiefs, Chiefs, Assistant County
Commissioners and Deputy County Commissioners to mount very serious
operations in their areas of jurisdiction in order to trace
whereabouts of those students who have not reported for
learning,” stated Ojwang.
The County Boss gave the local administrators up to Friday to
ensure the County attain and even surpass the hundred transition target.
“These are children known to us and we in fact have all their
details,” remarked the County Boss, while asking the administrators to work closely with education officials.
He issued a stern warning to parents and guardians who would be found
to have engaged children into any form of abuse, including early
marriages and labour.
The CC urged parents and guardians in the area against insisting their children must enroll in schools that selected them, “because it was
also affecting realisation of the hundred transition in the county,”
Ojwang appealed to politicians in the area and other
stakeholders to come in aid of students from humble backgrounds.
“We are appealing to the local leaders to conduct fundraisers in order
to enable children from poor backgrounds realise their academic
dreams,” urged Ojwang who applauded Equity Bank and Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB) for being at forefront in assisting bright needy students countrywide.