In Summary
  • Perhaps, the ministry should allocate some funds for that and use relevant government institutions to do the work.
  • All school buses will not be allowed to move at night, strictly operating between 6am to 6pm.
  • Scarcely do the discussions focus on the safety of learners in schools, except when misfortunes like fire occur.

Public policy and debates on education often revolve around access, quality and performance in national examinations.

Scarcely do the discussions focus on the safety of learners in schools, except when misfortunes like fire occur. With renewed focus on enhancing access and transition, it is imperative to review the social contexts under which schools operate.

On Friday, acting Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i issued a number of directives intended to consolidate gains in revitalising the education sector, among them the safety of learners.

Among others, he directed that all school buses must be painted in a uniform colour — yellow — by March to distinguish them from other vehicles. The objective is to give them identity and make them recognisable, which makes it easy to assist them whenever there is a problem.

STRICT POLICIES

However, school principals have raised the question of cash for repainting the buses because they do not have votehead for that.

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