The Isiolo Deputy County Commissioner (DCC), Mohamed Maow has directed chiefs and security officers to keep a close watch on Miraa retail kiosks that operate at night accusing the operators of selling hard drugs.
Maow said cases of hard drugs in Isiolo are on the increase and directed chiefs and police officers to monitor the outlets such as Miraa businesses that operate over night and take action to stop the menace.
Speaking while flagging off 185 students who received government bursaries on Sunday, the DCC urged parents to be more responsible in bringing up their children, saying that most men had neglected their families, leaving the burden to women.
Beneficiaries will have their education needs catered for by the government’s for the next four years.
The Administrator accused men of indulging in alcoholism and chewing Miraa in the town hence absconding their responsibilities and further asked women to report such cases for swift action to be taken.
On early marriages, Maow said the government policy on education must be followed and 100 percent transition would be totally implemented, adding that parents who do not take their children to school would be prosecuted.
He warned head teachers and principals who are forcing learners to repeat classes for not performing well before proceeding to examination classes, saying they risked arrest.
The County Director of Education (CDE), Dr. Hussein Koriyow, said that both primary and secondary schools had improved their mean scores in last year’s examination where over 60 students from various secondary schools would join public universities.
Dr. Koriyow said the mean score for Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) increased from 239 to 241.
He added that the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) mean score shot from 2.7 to 3.1 last year.
The CDE said that three more secondary schools would be opened this week and added that already the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) has posted teachers in order to take quality education to the citizens.
Dr. Koriyow added that 9,000 students countrywide will this year benefit from the government bursary and the program would go on for the next six years and further appealed to parents to take their children to school.
He commended the Equity Bank staff led by the Regional General Manager, Alfred Mwangi and Branch Manager, James Godana, for selecting the needy by visiting their home.
An orphan boy, Doctor Lomiwo, from Ngaremara Primary School who scored 363 and ready to join Chogoria High School said he would not have gone to secondary school if the government had not sponsored him.
Lomiwo who wants to be a medical doctor just as he was named ‘Doctor’ said that his father passed away when he was 10 years and that he was brought up by his unemployed mother who he added still takes care of four other children.
By Abduba Mamo/David Nduro