Education CS George Magoha on Tuesday, June 15 banned the hiring of school buses for private use.
Speaking when he was releasing the Form One selection for 2020 KCPE students at the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development, the tough talking cabinet secretary said that those seeking services of the school buses must get authority from his ministry.
“For the avoidance of doubt, school buses are to carry children using Covid-19 protocols, action is to be taken against anybody using the buses for any other reason.”
CS Magoha added: “We will not sit and allow people to misuse facilities of our children…We will give authorisation from Jogoo House, it does not matter if you are a government official.”
Kenyans have become accustomed to hiring school buses at a fee to go to funerals, weddings, seminars just to name but a few. CS Magoha says most of the times those hiring these vehicles to not fumigate them after use, therefore exposing school children and teachers to COVID-19 risk.
During the event, CS Magoha said children who sat for their 2020 KCPE will report to school on August 2, 2021 and during the placement, national schools will admit 36,254 out of which 17,406 are girls and 18,848 are boys.
He has, however, urged headteachers and parents to assist the learners in selection process as the competition for top schools was very stiff. “Big number of candidates do not receive guidance and directions when doing the selection. Like in Western region, everybody applied the same school. It’s a total waste of time. You cannot take the entire class to Alliance High School.. educate the children.”