Uasin Gishu County to Move Schools Out of CBD
Fear has gripped hundreds of learners from the half-century-old Eldoret Central Primary and Eldoret Central Secondary schools following plans by Uasin Gishu County government to move them out of the town’s Central Business District (CBD).
Governor Jonathan Bii said the relocation of the affected learners is meant to pave the way for the expansion of the fast-growing Eldoret town. The remarks come after a report from an ad hoc committee chaired by Kenya National Chambers of Commerce and Industry Uasin Gishu chapter chairman Willy Kenei was handed over to the governor last week, which gave the green light for the town to be elevated from a municipality to city status.
The governor, however, assured the parents, teachers and other stakeholders that they will be involved in discussions and deliberations over the move to transfer learners outside the town’s CBD. “There should be no cause for alarm as we shall involve all stakeholders before the final decision is implemented in regards to relocation of learners to other public schools outside the town,” assured Bii.
He has asked the county assembly to approve the ad hoc committee’s report to pave the way for transmission of the same document to the Senate for action. The governor expressed confidence the county would celebrate its city status during the August council of governor’s conference to be graced by President William Ruto in Eldoret.
The board of the municipality of Eldoret applied for city status through Uasin Gishu executive, giving rise to stakeholder engagement culminating in the ad hoc committee. The town, which is on track to become a fifth city after Nairobi, Mombasa, Kisumu and Nakuru received 93 per cent of residents approval through public participation forums across the county to be elevated. “We will need land for parking space and other development projects to spur the economic growth of our town and that is why students from the two long serving public schools will be relocated to other learning institutions outside the town,” said Bii.