Education CS Ezekiel Machogu has announced that county and subcounty directors of education will be provided with new patrol vehicles to assist them in inspecting schools.
The lack of vehicles has been identified as the main obstacle faced by education officers when it comes to enforcing safety measures and guidelines in schools under their jurisdiction.
CS Machogu stated that starting this year, each education officer will be allocated a vehicle to enhance their ability to effectively inspect schools within their vicinity.
This announcement came in response to a question from Marsabit Senator Chute Mohamed, who inquired about the measures implemented by the ministry to prevent tragedies like the one that occurred at Mukumu Girls High School, where multiple lives were lost.
In his response, Machogu referred to the Safety Standards Manual for Schools in Kenya, emphasizing that the ministry will utilize this manual to ensure the safety and well-being of students by providing guidelines for maintaining safe and healthy conditions within school environments.
“I must admit that we have had a problem with the enforcement of these guidelines. Some of the excuses my officers have been giving are that they have not been able to move around schools to inspect. That’s why I am giving my officers all the necessary support. So, as a Ministry, we are now following up on the enforcement of directives, guidelines and policies.” Stated Cs Machogu in response to question raised by Kericho Senator Aaron Cheruiyot on what caused the breach of guidelines set by the ministry of education.