Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Environment and Forestry PS Dr. Chris Kiptoo and his Education and Planning counterparts Dr. BelioKipsang and SaitotiTorome expressed satisfaction at the number of children who have reported back to school after the reopening of schools last week. The average number of children who had reported so far stands at 96% in most of the schools inspected.

The PSswere happy with the level of compliance with the COVID 19 protocols and lauded the teachers for their ingenuity to ensure all mandatory protocols regarding safety were observed despite challenges of inadequate classrooms and desks, inadequate dormitories to ensure safe distancing and regular supply of water to cope with the high demand to manage the COVID 19 protocols.

The Operation Back to School team led by the PSs and accompanied, by Narok CC Mr. Evans Achoki and County government officials inspected eight schools in Narok County namely, Ole Ntutu Arid, llkeek Aare, llturotOrook and Ntulel Primary Schools. They also inspected Ololulung’a Boys, Suswa Girls, Ole Tipis Girls and Masikonde Secondary Schools in the County.

Addressing the students and pupils at one of the schools, Environment PS Dr. Kiptoo said it was prudent to observe the protocols continuously lest we lapse into a lockdown as was the case in some countries in Europe.

Dr. Kiptoo called on the children to focus on their studies if they were to succeed in life, adding that, ” it was only through hard work that you can succeed in life “, The PS implored the young girls to shun habits that would jeopardize their chances to pursue education such as pregnancies and early marriages, adding that education was key to life.

The PS encouraged the students and pupils to work hard and excel in their studies regardless  of their humble their backgrounds advising them   on the secret of success, “regardless of your humble background, put God first, work hard for best grades that will propel you to greater heights, and stay focused’.

As regards the inadequate facilities, Dr. Kiptoo urged the Principals and Head teachers, Schools Boards and Associations, to look at the opportunism presented by the pandemic and improve their infrastructure by constructing more classrooms and dormitories, increase water supply and storage capacity and other relevant facilities to ensure a conducive environment for learning and untimely peak performance.

In respect to environmental conservation, Dr. Kiptoo said the Ministry through the County Commissioner will provide seedlings to the schools to start tree nurseries and plant trees to support the, “2Billion Tree Growing Campaign” that seeks to increase the national forest cover by 10 % by 2022. He committed to return to the school on a later date to launch the tree planting exercise.


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