School turn out stands at 98 per cent in Kirinyaga

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He said due to the prevailing economic hardships some 54 parents  mostly from Nairobi County  had withdrawn their children  from  the school while  94 others had joined  in this term.

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