Just when students thought they were done with “Matiang’i”, the now interior cabinet secretary Dr Fred Matiang’i is back again to crack the whip on students yet to report back to school. The ministry ordered all students to report back to school as from 4th January with school principals enjoying the liberty to set the official opening date at any period within the week. However, the turnout in some areas has been worrying as more students failed to report back to school.
Kajiunduthi High School has become one of the first schools to fall under CS Fred Matiangi’s radar after 84 students from the school failed to report back to school. The Interior CS has ordered a search for the students to ensure that they are back in school with immediate effect. According to People Daily, basic education principal secretary Belio Kipsang has confirmed that the president has given an approval for the Interior department to help in tracking students who are still at home. “The president has given members of the provincial administration, in particular, chiefs and their assistants, to move to all homes and villages tracking down all learners who have failed to report back to school.”
The government has launched a nationwide crackdown on pupils and students who are yet to report back to school. The initiative that is being led by CS Matinag’i is aimed at ensuring that all students report back to school despite the ongoing concerns in regards to safety at this period of the pandemic. The government has also promised to release funds to assist in purchasing of masks for students who cannot afford the same. Teachers have also been advised to use outdoor spaces for classes in areas where there are not enough classes.