Education stakeholders in Narok South Sub County have launched a massive mop-up exercise to rescue school going children who are yet to report to school despite government directives.
Speaking to the press outside his office today, the area Deputy County Commissioner Felix Kisalu said seven children have been rescued and four parents arrested from the exercise that began last.
“The children are from Nkoben, Ololulunga and Olkerian areas where a massive mop-up exercise was carried out. Some of the children were found married off while others were in the field grazing livestock,” said Kisalu.
Kisalu said the exercise has seen the transition rate to secondary school rise to 92 percent, saying they are aiming at the 100 percent mark.
“Out of the 4100 pupils who sat for the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) exam, 3772 pupils have either joined secondary schools or technical training centers. We are only remaining with 328 pupils that are not accounted for,” he said.
Kisalu reiterated that his department will not relent in looking for the few children who are not in school saying he has instructed the village elders to move from house to house to make sure all children are in school.
“In the homestead where the children are not in school, I have instructed the village elders and chiefs to sell any livestock in that homestead and use the money to pay school fees for the child in school. This is because the property in the home is not for the man but for the entire family,” said the DCC.
For those who cannot afford to pay school fees, Kisalu challenged the community to take a collective approach of raising money for the children to join secondary school.
“We know there are children from very poor backgrounds who cannot afford to pay the secondary school fees, but this should not be the reason why the child should not join high school. The society should be concerned and help to raise money to enroll the less privileged children in school,” he said.
The DCC’s sentiments come at a time when Narok County is ranked position three from the bottom on transition rate.