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Don’t send students back because of school fees, County boss 

 

As the Garissa County drought situation continues to worsen, area County Commissioner Boaz Cherutich has warned schools heads against sending students back home for lack of school fees.

Speaking to the press after chairing the County steering group committee to assess the drought situation and intervention measures, Cherutich said that school heads were under strict instructions to allow all students in schools.

Schools re-opened last week for the first term while last year’s KCPE students are set to join form one from Wednesday this week.

Garissa County is among the 25 counties that are worst hit by the current drought that has led to death of hundreds of livestock, the main economic mainstay of area residents.

“As you are aware, our communities largely depend on livestock as sources of their livelihoods. They have been adversely affected by the current drought. Some of these families have children who were supposed to be joining secondary school,” Cherutich said.

“As a government, we want to ensure that there is 100 per cent transition. All the students who sat for last year’s KCPE must join secondary schools. Parents and guardians should be at the forefront in ensuring that their children are in school starting this week. Anyone who defies this directive will be personally held responsible,” he added.

The County Commissioner said families unable to raise fees for their children should be assisted noting that his office was closely working with chiefs and village elders to profile children from needy families who were unable to join secondary school with a view to assisting them get bursaries from both national and county governments and other development partners.

Cherutich said the drought in the county had reached an alarming stage and that 38,000 households across the county mainly in Lagdera, Balambala and Fafi sub counties are worst hit.

Among the agencies represented in the meeting included the Kenya Red Cross, the National Drought Management Authority (NDMA), relevant national and county government departments and development partners operating within the county.

Cherutich said that both the national and county governments as well as development partners have commenced initiatives to support the population noting that the government would soon start distributing relief supplies to all the 10 sub counties.

He said that his office has gathered data on the support given by both the national and county governments, development partners and other NGOs adding that a total of Sh867 million was spent during the last financial year to support a number of drought intervention activities.

Garissa County Commissioner Boaz Cherutich (Far R) addressing the press after meeting. He warned schools’ heads against sending students back home for lack of school taxes

“We want to appeal to all development partners and NGOs operating in the county to collaborate and work very closely so that we can pool resources and ensure that we target the right population. We can’t allow Kenyans to die of hunger. We want to support all those who are suffering because they are our people,” he said.

During the meeting, it was established that a total of 210,000 people have been severely affected by the drought.

The Kenya Red Cross is rolling out cash transfer, cash for work as well as livestock feed.

Abdi Dubow, the county coordinator Kenya Red Cross said the organization continues to do several drought interventions among them cash transfers to the most affected sub counties of Garissa, Balambala, Fafi and parts of Ijara, rehabilitation of broken down boreholes and food distribution.

Dubow disclosed that that the organization through the support of ICRC was launching new interventions on the same component among them cash transfers to 500 household at the rate of Sh10,000 in three cycles.

Source:KNA

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