Timamy calls for action against school heads sending students home over fees


Lamu, KENYA: Lamu governor Issa Timamy wants action taken against school heads who have sent students home for fees contrary to a directive issued by president Uhuru Kenyatta when he toured the county recently.

During his Lamu visit to commission construction of the Lamu-Garsen road early this month,the president directed school heads in areas affected by drought not to send students home for fees.

President Kenyatta  promised that the government would ensure there was adequate food supply to enable the students go on with their learning even as the drought bites on.

Speaking in Lamu on Thursday, Timamy said he had already received a list of 37 students from schools in drought hit areas that had been sent home for fees despite the president’s directive.

The governor said he had already presented the list to the county commissioner for the necessary disciplinary measures to be instigated against the school heads.

“Despite the president’s directive,some school heads have defied the order and gone ahead to send away students from school for fees. I have received some of the names of affected students and have handed them to the county commissioner for action to be taken against such heads.” Said Timamy.

The national government has already began a food distribution programme to schools all over Lamu county.

The governor said the county government of Lamu had also issued cheques to various schools to pay school fees for needy students from drought hit areas.