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Kidero vows to recover grabbed school land

22 July 2014, 10:33 Samuel Kisika

Nairobi – Nairobi City County (NCC) government has vowed to recover a total of about 50 to 70 acres of grabbed land allocated to both public primary and secondary schools.

The NCC Governor, Evans Kidero said that land grabbers have colluded with senior Lands Ministry officials to grab public schools’ land restricting expansion.

“Many public schools in Nairobi County are under the threat of land grabbers colluding with senior Lands officials. I want to assure that my government is going to ensure that all grabbed land is recovered to those schools,” said Kidero.

Kidero noted that many schools are faced with many challenges including inadequate teachers, insufficient learning materials, poor sanitation, insecurity among others, and noted that the county will ensure they are addressed to improve the education sector.

“When the National Government says it provides free education to children, the education should be totally free without any levies. 20% children in Nairobi County are out of schools because their parents can’t afford to pay the needed levies,” said Kidero.

“Education should be totally free for children who are below 18 years to be in school instead of wandering in the streets,” he added.

He also said his government has set aside funds to relocate people residing in disaster-prone areas such as within pipelines, railway lines, sewers among others for healthy living and safety.

Kidero further challenged parents in the county to take the responsibility of educating their children by taking advantage of many available institutions of higher learning.

He was speaking during the handing in of the County’s Education Taskforce Report from the officers he commissioned four months ago.

The Report will be presented before the County Assembly’s floor in two weeks.

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