Ministry of Education officials in Molo sub-county have shut down 19 schools on grounds that the learning institutions were unregistered.
Speaking during an interview in his office, the area sub-county education officer Sylvester Musikoyo observed that so far, out of the 50 schools inspected, the 19 failed to meet the required standards to operate a school.
“Some of the schools were working in dingy areas, had tiny rooms for classes that could not comfortably handle the number of students, had unhygienic mud classroom floors, while teachers had not been registered by the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) and thus had to shut them down,” said Musikoyo.
He further noted that the 50 schools inspected included both public and private schools but most of those closed down were the private schools.
He added that they would not relent on this crackdown until they restored sanity in the education sector noting that they have 31 more private schools to inspect before wrapping up the exercise.
He advised parents of the affected schools to take their children to a neighbouring public school of their preference stating clearly that the institutions closed down would only be reopened once the school proprietors complied with the government requirements.
By Emily Kadzo