By Bwire Marvin
As the country gears towards the next general election, the ministry of education has issued guidelines to ensure that learning institutions are secure during this elective period.
Speaking while issuing the guidelines at the Kenya Institute of curriculum development in Nairobi, education CS Fred Matiang’i said that no political campaigns should be held in schools.
-Hired school buses should not be branded with political messages
-Branded vehicles and motorbikes bearing campaign messages should not be allowed in schools
-Learning institutions that will serve as polling centers should secure their property to avoid damage
-Learning institution should work with the government to tighten security
According to the guidelines hired school buses should not be branded with political messages, Branded vehicles and motorbikes bearing campaign messages should not be allowed in schools, Learning institutions that will serve as polling centers should secure their property to avoid damage and Learning institution should work with the government to tighten security.
Closing dates of schools and colleges will be between 28th July and 4th August. All education institutions will have a break of two weeks from 4th of August to be used by IEBC for the elections.
Meanwhile Matiang’i received the report from the committee that was investigating the cause of school fires in the second term of 2016. The report indicates that indiscipline, peer pressure, drugs, parents siding among others caused the fires.
The report recommends that a lifestyle audit should be conducted from time to time in schools, students should not be pushed to get A grades, schools should be well secured with fences and gates, CCTV cameras should be installed in schools and school heads should reside in schools.
CS Matiang’i said that he will ensure that all the recommendations are implemented. Investigations on the cause of school fires were conducted in 98 schools in 38 counties.