Elgeyo Marakwet among counties with highest transition rate
The Elgeyo- Marakweti County has been singled out as one of the leading in secondary schools transition rate in the country.
The Education Cabinet Secretary (CS), Amina Mohammed said a total of 92.62% pupils in primary schools in the county transited to secondary schools and called county leaders to ensure they reached the targeted 100%, saying the government had the necessary resources to accommodate all the students transiting to secondary schools.
Speaking at St. Patricks High School Iten, the CS said to date a total of sh.6 billion had been disbursed to schools for infrastructural development. “This school has so far received sh.46 million since 2012 and will get a further sh. 15 million this year for infrastructural development” she said.
The School’s Principal, Peter Obwogo said following the assistance the school will from next year double its enrollment from the current 1,000 to over 2,000 students and from five streams to 11 streams.
The Elgeyo Marakwet Governor, Alex Tolgos called on the national government to extend the same assistance to day secondary schools, saying with the introduction of free secondary education, their enrollment had gone up.
The governor also called on the government to construct more schools and technical institutions in the Kerio Valley as one way of bringing a lasting solution to insecurity in the area, saying the three counties of Elgeyo Marakwet, Baringo and West Pokot had agreed to provide land for the same.
Amb. Mohammed decried the rising cases of drug and substance abuse in schools within the county and called for concerted efforts in fighting the vice.
By Alice Wanjiru