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Coastal Region parents risk arrest over student enrollment to secondary schools

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Parents who fail to enroll their children who sat their Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) exams in 2020 to secondary schools in the Coast Region risk being arrested as the government strives to achieve a 100 percent transition to Form One.

Coast Regional Commissioner (RC) John Elungata has directed chiefs and their assistants and education officials at the sub-county levels to engage in door-to-door campaigns aimed at promoting the absorption of students into secondary schools.

He said parents who sabotage the government’s 100 percent transition policy to secondary school would be dealt with as he directed school principals to admit learners reporting including those who may not have the full school fees.

Elungata said the government will not relent to achieve 100 percent transition when he  led a team of education stakeholders on a fact-finding mission why Kwale County has lagged behind.

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Kwale has registered less than 70 percent admission since August 2, the reporting date for form one students as education stakeholders target 90 to 95 percent transition in a week supported by the new measures

Elungata also called on the church to help the government in improving the education through advocating for 100 percent transition in secondary education while affirming the commitment of education stakeholders in the region to ensure that all learners transit from primary to secondary level of education.

The RC said the push for a 100 percent transition would in the long run ensure the country attains high literacy rate and a more educated workforce.

“We would be forced to crack the whip and arrest parents whose children have not joined secondary schools by next week,” said Elungata.

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