School turn out rate in Kirinyaga County standards at 98 per cent , according to a senior government official.
The Principal Secretary for Lands Nicholas Muraguri however said whereabouts of the remaining 2 per cent of children yet to report back to school was known.
Muraguri who spoke to the media after making an impromptu inspection of various schools in the county this morning said arrangements have been put in place to go for the children who are yet to report back .
He told the media at the Good Shepherd Academy , Kerugoya said he was also satisfied with the observance of the covid – 19 protocols also directed by the relevant government agents.
“Of interest to me was that children including those with various challenges especially those we found at the Kerugoya school for the Deaf were fully aware of the pandemic and how to prevent themselves from it , “he said.
Muraguri said though the Deaf the children had mastered through their sign language all the preventative measures related to the disease hence success in the fight.
Accompanied by the area County Commissioner Jim Njoka , the PS also said the government was awere of the urgent need to hire more teachers to conform with the standard requirements of the teacher- child ratio.
“The government is concerned with the school enrolment rate as well as provision of quality education hence the urge for those yet to report back do so immediately to enable us ensure equitable distribution of available resources, “he said.
The school Director Mugo Mutonge said he had moved fast to decongest the dormitories by ensuring only double decker beds and not triple ones were being used at the facility .
“We have also ensured classrooms were in total conformity with the guidelines provided by the government of 1.5 meters between children as you can see in all our classes as well as the modern dining hall we managed to put last year in readiness for the children this term” he said
He said due to the prevailing economic hardships some 54 parents mostly from Nairobi County had withdrawn their children from the school while 94 others had joined in this term.