Laikipia County will benefit from a total of 9,150 desks in both secondary and Primary schools which will be procured in the current 2020/2021 financial year under the economic stimulus programme.
The stimulus programme is aimed at addressing the social distancing protocal due to the presence of Covid-19 pandemic in the country when the schools re-open.
“The implementation of economic stimulus programme is a clear sign that the government is working hard to ensure the schools re-opens immediately after the flattening of covid-19 cases in our country,” Laikipia County Commissioner (CC) Daniel Nyameti said.
Speaking yesterday during the programme’s Implementation Committee meeting at the Laikipia County teacher’s services boardroom Nanyuki, the CC said the National government has set aside Sh.1.9 billion to prepare for re-opening schools.
The total number of desks which have been allocated to primary schools in Laikipia County is 5,250 while those for secondary schools are 3,950.
Each of the five sub-counties in Laikipia County has been allocated 15 primary and 15 secondary schools to benefit from the desk’s Stimulus Programme.
“In the primary school sector, each of the five sub counties of Nyahururu, Laikipia West, Laikipia East, Laikipia Central and Laikipia North have each been allocated 1,050 desks,” the CC said.
He pointed out that Nyahururu Sub-County which has the biggest number of secondary schools will benefit from 950 desks followed by Laikipia west Sub County at 900, Laikipia East and Laikipia central Sub Counties have tied each with 850 while Laikipia North has been allocated 400 desks.
The CC, ordered the five Deputy County Commissioners (DCCs) in Laikipia to immediately constitute committees in their respective areas and identity both the schools to benefit from the programme and the carpentry workshops to make the desks.
He asked the DCCs to lead their teams in confirming the quality of the furniture and compliance to specification to prototypes and ensure proper labeling before delivery to the schools.
He said that the economic stimulus programme will boost the small business enterprises in the furniture making industry who have been negatively affected by Covid-19 pandemic.
By Margaret Kirera