National Government administration Officers to join fight against school fires
National Government Administration Officers (NGAOs) have now been directed to join other front row actors in addressing school fires and unrest.
Interior Principal Secretary, Karanja Kibicho, has told the administrators to assist other stakeholders towards finding a permanent solution to the spike of school fires.
“We are experiencing a spate of school fires across the country. You must move in and lead from the front in mitigating the trend. This looks like a cyclic thing that the Ministry of Education is investigating, and all we can do is to ensure we are as vigilant as we can get,” Kibicho said.
The PS who was addressing national government administrators from Kitui County on Tuesday stated that the intention is to ensure active consultations amongst stakeholders so that all existing and emerging issues are dealt with proactively. These include fatigue and stress among students.
“As a Ministry responsible for ensuring that there is order, we have instructed our officers to ensure that the consultation systems within the schools are functional, and that the Committees that are supposed to ensure that the teachers, students and parents are talking are activated, ” said.
Last week, the government authorized local administration officers to make aggressive visitations in schools in bid to establish the cause of school fires.
Kibicho said the government is not limited to access schools in a mission to conduct investigations while at the same time initiate communication among all school stake holders which he says will be key in quelling the situation.
He noted that the government will not relent in it’s effort in establishing the causes and solutions.
“Schools are not embassies that local administrators can be limited to access. I want to authorize them to gain access to all schools and initiate talks among teachers, parents and students to establish the problems ailing our schools,” Kibicho said.
“Communication is what is lacking amongst all the stakeholders and continual failure to find the solution, we shall be jeopardizing the lives of our students and exposing our school infrastructure for continual destruction.”