The Ministry of Education has said a total of 2,148 schools were closed countrywide for failing to meet basic registration requirements. This follows an audit that was conducted in term 3 of 2019. The audit came in light of the Precious talent school traged where a classroom collapsed on the morning of Monday September 23, 2019; the accident at the school claimed the lives of eight learners.
Through a circular dated September 26, 2019 the Ministry had directed for immediate closure of all schools that do not meet the Set Safety regulations thus exposing learners to dangers.
“Following the infrastructure report received in this office (Education Headquarters), it was noted that 2148 schools were not registered and therefore were closed, while 2060 were marked for reassessment,” reads a circular from the Ministry; dated December 9, 2019.
According to an earlier circular by Education Principal Secretary Dr Belio Kipsang; ‘It has been observed that some basic education institutions have been established without following due process. A number of institutions exist without registration certificates while others have failed to reapply for re-registration when their circumstances change… Most of those institutions do not meet the minimum standards required of them to be registered and some of them have infrastructure that are below standard and which pose danger to the learners.’
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In the just released audit report, the Rift Valley leads with the highest number of unregistered schools (at 583) and is followed closely by Nairobi Region which has 578 schools. Consequently, 488 schools were closed in the Rift Valley Region, while 356 of such schools were closed in Nairobi.
“You are required to ensure that all schools closed remain closed until they comply. They should be taken through the process of registration once they comply,” the Ministry orders Regional and County Directors of Education.
A total of 476 schools in the Rift Valley have been earmarked for reassessment. Nairobi, Eastern and Nyanza have 420, 415 and 356 schools; respectively. The Ministry orders that the schools reassessed for compliance as soon as schools reopen on January 6, 2020.
“You (Regional and County Directors of Education) should liaise with the Ministry of Interior at all levels to enforce compliance. Reports on action taken should reach the office of the Principal Secretary by 10th February, 2020,” adds the Ministry.
FULL AUDIT REPORT
The table below shows the full audit report from the Education Ministry;
|Region||County||No of Schools Audited||No of schools not Registered||No of schools closed||No of schools to be reassessed|
|Rift Valley||Elgeyo Marakwet||57||41||16||20|
|Rift Valley||Trans Nzoia||139||46||83||56|
|Rift Valley||Uasin Gishu||97||45||45||52|
|Rift Valley||West Pokot||180||35||35||48|
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