The Cabinet Secretary (CS) for Interior and Coordination of National Government Dr. Fred Matiangi has hailed Tharaka Nithi County Government officers for their multi-sectoral approach that has mapped the whereabouts of all expectant school going girls in the county.
“Here in Tharaka Nithi our teams led by the County Commissioner have done a fantastic job. Keeping records of our students using the ‘Nyumba Kumi’ initiative and other approaches have brought to record that 311 girls are expecting,” said the CS.
Speaking at Ikuu Girls’ High School after visiting several schools in the county, Dr. Matiang’i disclosed that all senior government officers are employing the one government approach as directed by the president to ensure that the ‘Return to School Programme’ goes on smoothly.
The Interior CS said he was happy with the education sector especially school principals who have gone out of their way to ensure that records of all pupils were in place and engaged the multi-sectoral approach to unearth the whereabouts of the missing few.
He said only 45 girls had not reported to Ikuu Girls’ High school by the end of Wednesday and most of them were streaming in even as he inspected the schools but he was sure with the cooperation imminent among the county government, the Ministry of Education officials and national government administrative officers, the gap would be closed.
“We have agreed that all the expectant girls must resume school and a manhunt launched for the few whose whereabouts is not known get back to school and are supported to ensure we fulfil the plan of the government as articulated by our president,” emphasized Dr. Matiang’i.
He said he was certain that the proportion of pupils that were back to school was hovering between 97-98 percent as earlier disclosed by the Education CS Professor George Magoha and that they would spend the whole of this week working to ensure the minor gap is closed.
The CS called on all stakeholders, from the security teams, the parents and even the media fraternity to give all the support to our school principals and head-teachers in their difficult task of ensuring that learning of our children continued smoothly.
By David Mutwiri