Heads of learning institutions in central region who allow staging of public functions in their premises contrary to the Covid-19 containment protocols will be held liable for the breaches.
The Central Regional Commissioner Wilfred Nyagwanga says learning institutions were out of bounds to everyone apart from the teaching and non-teaching fraternity, adding that the government will not sit back and allow the safety of leaners to be compromised.
Nyagwanga told politicians flocking to schools ostensibly to issue bursaries to seek other venues to hold their ceremonies.
At the same time, he directed national government administration officials to strictly enforce all Covid-19 containment measures as outlined by the Ministry of Health without any exceptions.
Briefing the media in his office Tuesday, the Regional Commissioner said learning institutions will not also play to host to vaccination or medical camps initiatives whether sponsored by the government or individuals as has been the norm.
He censured the head of Gathaaini Primary School in Murang’a for allowing a medical camp to be staged at the school saying disciplinary action would be taken against heads putting the lives of leaners in jeopardy.
Nyagwanga called on churches to observe the 1/3 attendance rule in a bid to stifle the Covid-19 infections rate which he said was alarmingly on the rise.
During the briefing also attended by the Central Regional Director of Education Ms. Margaret Lesuuda, Nyagwanga instructed national government administration and education officers to ensure that they attained a 100% transition rate to secondary schools for pupils who sat for last year’s Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) in their areas of jurisdiction.
He directed the officials to embark on a door to door campaign to mop up pupils yet to report to secondary schools, adding that the government was committed to ensuring successful and seamless implementation of the exercise.
The administrator said, “The government is committed to ensuring the attainment of 100 per cent transition rate and that no child misses out in joining form one due to lack of school fees. I am therefore directing County Directors of Education and County Commissioners across the region to ensure that those who qualified report to schools.”
The Regional Commissioner expressed confidence that by the end of this week, all the counties in the region will have achieved the 100% transition target.
By Kiamah Wamutitu