Parents risk being arrested for allowing learners to stay at home since schools have reopened.

The ministries of Education, Devolution, and Interior have joined forces with county governments to ensure all children resume school as directed by President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Regional, county, and sub-county directors of education, the officials were instructed to work closely with regional coordinators, county commissioners, deputy county commissioners, chiefs, and their assistants were given the responsibility to ensure all learners report back to school.

Education Principal Secretary Belio Kipsang sent a circular directing them “to ensure children who fail to report to school are immediately traced and brought back to school”.

Crackdown

Chiefs, village elders, and members of Nyumba Kumi are moving from door to door hunting for learners who are still at home with MoE stating that all learners including girls who gave birth return to school.

Headteachers instructed to submit daily attendance reports to the sub-county directors of education for onward transmission to the directors of primary and of secondary education at the ministry headquarters.

MoE further cautioned school heads against sending learners home for non-payment of fees so that they can remain in class to make up for the nine months they have lost due to the Covid-19 pandemic.