Over 98 percent of students at Garissa high school have reported back to school after a nine months’ closure following the outbreak of Corona virus in March last year.
Addressing the press after touring the school, Mining Principal Secretary Amb. Kirimi Kiberia said that the government was impressed with the turnout and urged the remaining students to report to school.
In his last year’s Jamhuri day celebrations speech President Uhuru Kenyatta directed that all schools reopen in January 2021 as the country continues to battle the COVID-19 pandemic.
The president instructed that the interior ministry, through all chiefs and assistant chiefs to ensure that all students report back to school at the beginning of 2021.
“Our visit is very specific. We have come because there is a presidential directive that we ensure that all children have reported back to school. We are very happy from what we have witnessed, we have reached up to at least 98 percent of kids here. We are going to check other schools as well,” Amb. Kiberia said.
“Besides checking the back to school, we are here to support the process through the national government administrative officers (formerly provincial administration), ministry of education and other multiagency to ensure that we encourage and find those other who have not come so that they can also report back,” he added.
The PS said his tour was also to ensure that other facilities such as desks, books among others that have been provided by the government ‘reached their destinations’.
“If these facilities will not have reached their destinations, then what could be the reason and why? We as equally impressed that these facilities have reached here and we hope it has also reached other schools as well,” he noted.
The PS will also visit Modika, Iftin and Yathrib primary school and NEP girls, Iftin girls and Tathrib girls secondary schools.
By Jacob Songok