Candidates in insecurity-prone areas will receive meals and accommodation » Capital News
KABARNET, Kenya, March 6 – The Rift Valley Regional Commissioner, Mohammed Maalim, has promised parents and candidates that no candidate will miss the upcoming national exams due to insecurity in the region.
Speaking at a peace dialogue meeting in the Loruk area of Baringo County, the RC assured parents that security will be provided at the exam center to allow candidates to take their exams in peace.
County Commissioner Abdirsack Jaldesa confirmed that security measures have been put in place to ensure candidates take their exams in peace.
He added that other measures include providing meals and accommodation to external scholars at selected exam centers to reduce unnecessary travel during exams.
Maalim, who was accompanied by the Rift Valley Regional Security Team, Baringo County Security Team and political leaders in the region, assured that no child will miss national exams due to insecurity, stating that they merged applicants from different schools.
Mohammed regretted that young children were recruited by bandits, saying education was the only remedy to end banditry.
“It is unfortunate that young children are being used as cattle rustlers instead of being in school, which should not be encouraged at this time,” he said.
He further instructed the chiefs to ensure that all children in their locality return to school as this would reduce banditry in the region.
The administrator added that chiefs who failed to get children to benefit from schools would be stripped of their uniforms, implying that he would assess their performance based on school enrollments in their localities.
The regional boss was commenting on the recent incident where teenagers were among eight people killed at a battlefield in Kerio Valley where two communities from Elgeyo Marakwet and Baringo counties clashed and animals were stolen.
He also urged parents to cooperate with local authorities in taking children to school and that stern action will be taken against them if a child is not enrolled in a school.
He regretted that the region begged the authority to recruit their children who got low grades like D for chef jobs, when other counties have graduates competing for the same job.
“Education pays, take your children to school, the best legacy a parent can give a child is education,” Maalim said.