Education PS Kipsang encourages guardians’ presence as cure to a***e of d***s by children

Tuesday, December 19th, 2023 06:30 | By
Basic Education Principal Secretary Belio Kipsang. PHOTO/Print
Basic Education Principal Secretary Belio Kipsang. PHOTO/Print

Basic Education Principal Secretary Dr Belio Kipsang has said the presence of parents in the lives of their children is the best cure for children’s attraction to drug abuse and truancy.

He said 97 per cent and 72 percent of primary and secondary schools respectively were day schools, saying most learners in basic education were under the custodial care of their parents and guardians.

He expressed the need for parents to be more available in their children’s lives so that they could know them better and help nurture their growth and development.

Belio made the remarks when he chaired the public sector hearings for the 20024/25 financial year and Medium-Term Budget for the Education Sector at the KISM.

Present were the Principal Secretary for University Education and Research, Dr Beatrice Inyangala, the Principal Secretary for Technical, Vocational Education and Training, Dr Esther Thaara Muoria and the Chief Executive Officer of the Teachers Service Commission, (TSC), Dr Nancy Macharia.

The PS said the government commits about a third of the budget to Education, to address issues of access, equity, and quality of education at all levels of education.

Belio said Free Primary and Day Secondary Education has taken care of learners with special needs. He said the government supports integrated schools admitting and supporting learners with special needs in regular schools. At the same time, it also supports learners with special needs living with severe disabilities in Special schools.

“The Ministry of Education will revamp Educational Assessment Resource Centers (EARC) in all the 47 Counties, to provide assessment of children with disabilities, and recommend placement that assures full integration into the school system,” said Belio.           

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