Deputy President William Ruto has urged Members of Parliament and Members of County Assemblies to assist pupils’ get their certificates, which are being withheld by principals due to fees balances.
Mr. Ruto said it was the responsibility of leaders to assist pupils in areas under their jurisdictions to get their certificates so that they can enroll in colleges.
“I want to ask those affected pupils to approach their local leaders because they are meant to serve the people,” said Mr. Ruto.
Speaking at Chekalini Secondary School in Lugari Constituency during a funds-drive in aid of more than 20 churches from the area, the Deputy President said it was against the Constitution for any school or principal to withhold certificates of pupils on grounds of fees balances.
Deputy President William Ruto with Senate Majority Leader Kithure Kindiki and Lugari MP Ayub Savula at a funds drive for over 20 churches in Lugari Constituency
“All leaders must ensure that pupils collect their certificates without any further delay. We only have one Government and which has directed that all certificates being withheld because of fees arrears should be released to their owners,” said Mr. Ruto.
“Some principals withhold certificates of pupils for more than 10 years until such pupils become illiterate. Surely what will one benefit by holding certificates for such a long time? Asked the Deputy President.
He said MPs and MCAs should visit every school in their areas of jurisdictions to ensure institutions abide by the directive to issue the certificates.
“Every child who has gone to school and obtained a grade must be given his or her certificate. There is no negotiations on this matter,” said Mr. Ruto.
The Deputy President said the Government was committed to ensuring all Kenyans irrespective of their family backgrounds get access to education.
“We do not want to have a country that discriminates against children on matters of education. That is not the true country that we need,” he said.
He added: “We want everyone whether from poor or rich family to have access to education. This is our policy as Government.”
Senate Majority Leader Kithure Kindiki, Senator Kipchumba Murkomen (Elgeyo/Marakwet, MPs Ayub Savula (Lugari), Muthomi Njuki (Chuka-Igamba Ngombe) and Injendi Malulu (Malava), accompanied him.