Schools yet to receive title deeds even as January deadline draws near
18 January 2016, 15:15
Nairobi - The presidential directive to have all public schools in Kenya titled by the end of January 2016 is due to elapse but many schools are yet to receive titles.
Statistics released Monday by Shule Yangu Campaign Alliance shows 83 percent of public schools are currently without title deeds or lease certificates.
41 per cent of the schools have no allotment letters and 55 per cent are yet to be surveyed.
The Associate Director of society for international development, Houghton Irungu in a press conference said public silence, corruption and collusion of public officials is worsening the situation as the schools risk being grabbed or encroached.
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He said more than 4 100 schools have formerly complained to NLC for land contestation, encroachment and grabbing by third parties.
Irungu pointed out that the initiative is dedicated to protect public institutions at risk and urged many stakeholders to come on board and save public utilities.
The initiative called upon the Ministry of Lands to issue lease certificates to more than 2 400 schools that have applied and been surveyed.
The government was asked to also fast-track the approval and waiving of survey fees and other costs for the 5 000 other schools that have already applied for assistance to determine school boundaries.
National Land Commission director, Odima Otieno said the commission is doing its best to ensure public land is protected.
He said 1 000 titles for public schools will be out soon.
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