School Heads Asked Not To Send Learners Home For Fees.
Schools have been warned not to send students home to pay their fees.
Schools reopened last week, and students entering Form 1 are expected to report this week, beginning Wednesday.
Garissa County commissioner Boaz Cherutich stated that school principals are under strict orders to allow all students to attend classes.
Garissa is one of the 25 counties hardest hit by the drought, which has killed hundreds of livestock, the main source of income for residents.
On Saturday, he spoke after chairing a county steering committee meeting aimed at assessing the drought situation and devising interventions.
“Our communities largely depend on livestock, which has been adversely affected by the current drought. Some of these families have children who are supposed to be joining secondary school,” Cherutich said.
He stated that the government is committed to ensuring a smooth transition.
According to the commissioner, parents, local administrators, community leaders, and school administrators should all work together to achieve the same results.
“All students who sat for this years KCPE exam must join secondary schools. Anyone who defies this directive will have action taken against him or her,” he said.
Cherutich, on the other hand, stated that needy families must be helped or their children will be unable to attend school.
He stated that his office is collaborating closely with chiefs and village elders to identify learners from low-income families and assist them in obtaining bursaries from both the national and county governments, as well as other development partners.
According to the commissioner, the drought situation has reached crisis proportions, affecting 38,000 households primarily in the subcounties of Lagdera, Balambala, and Fafi.
Kenya Red Cross, the National Drought Management Authority, and national and county government departments were among those present at the county steering committee meeting.
Cherutich stated that both the national and county governments, as well as development partners, have begun initiatives to assist the hungry population.
He stated that the government will begin distributing relief supplies to all ten subcounties as soon as possible.
According to the commissioner, Sh867 million was spent in the previous fiscal year to support a variety of drought intervention activities.
“We appeal to all development partners and NGOs in the county to collaborate with us, so that we can pull resources and target the right population. We don’t want Kenyans to die of hunger. We want to support all those who are suffering because they are our people,” he said.
During the meeting, it was determined that the county’s drought has severely impacted 210,000 people.
Kenya Red Cross has implemented cash transfers, food distribution, livestock feeding, and borehole repair programs.
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Red Cross county coordinator Abdi Dubow stated that the organization is continuing to conduct drought intervention activities in the most affected subcounties of Garissa, Balambala, Fafi, and parts of Ijara.
Dubow stated that the organization, with the assistance of the ICRC, will conduct a 500-household cash transfer at a rate of Sh10,000 over three cycles.