Lamu, KENYA: The county administration of Lamu together with county leaders, has officially launched the Operation Rudisha Mtoto Shule which is meant to ensure all those admitted to form one join school.
A huge number of those admitted to form one in Lamu have not been able to report to their respective schools due to lack of fees while an equally high number of primary school children have dropped out.
Speaking during the launch at the Huduma Centre Offices in Lamu town on Monday, Lamu county commissioner Gilbert Kitiyo said only 48% of those called to form one had been able to report to their various schools while the rest are still at home.
Kitiyo said officers had been deployed to move from house to house in search of such students who are yet to join school and called on parents to cooperate and enable their children get an education.
He said the objective of the operation was to ensure at least 90% of all those admitted to form one from Lamu county get to join the respective schools.
Kitiyo also directed chiefs in Lamu to arrest any parents who shall frustrate efforts to have children join school.
Chiefs, elders and even primary school heads have also been prevailed upon to ensure the operation is a success.
“Today we launch the operation Rudisha Mtoto Shule and we intend to ensure all those called to form one join the schools.Only 48% have so far reported and we intend to make it at least 90%,” said Kitiyo.
Lamu west MP Stanley Muthama on his part wants all secondary school heads to receive all students joining form one for free.
Muthama said it was unfair to lock anyone out of school simply because they can’t afford school fees or other requirements.
“I know of many parents who want their kids to join form one but have no fees.I am appealing to school heads to admit such students then we shall look into the other issues later,” said Muthama.
The Rudisha Watoto Shule Initiative was recently launched all across the coast region by acting Education CS Fred Matiangi last week.