School principals in Garissa urged not to send students home over fees


Schools heads and principals in Garissa County have been warned against sending students back home due to lack of school fees as drought revenges the area.

The county is one of the 25 counties that has been worst hit by drought leading to the death of hundreds of livestock, the main source of income for the residents.

Speaking to the press after chairing a County Steering Group committee to assess the drought situation and come up with interventions, area County Commissioner Boaz Cherutich said school heads were under strict instructions to allow all students remain in schools.

During the meeting it was established that a total of 210,000 people have been severely affected by the drought.

Cherutich said that the government is keen on ensuring that there was 100 percent transition and urged parents local administrators, community leaders and school heads to closely work together and ensure that the same is achieved.

Cherutich said the drought situation has worsened noting that 38,000 households scattered across the county mainly in Lagdera, Balambala and Fafi sub counties have been affected.

He said that both the national and county governments as well as development partners have commenced initiatives to support the population saying the government will soon start distributing relief supplies to all the ten sub counties.

He said that his office has gathered data on the support given by both the national, county development partners and NGOs disclosing that a total of 867 million was spent during the last financial year to support a number of drought intervention activities.

Abdi Dubow the county coordinator Kenya Red Cross said the organizations continues to do several drought interventions among them cash transfers to the most affected sub counties of Garissa, Balambala, Fafi and parts of Ijara, rehabilitation of broken down boreholes and food distribution.

Dubow who disclosed that that the organization through the support of ICRC was launching new interventions on the same component disclosing that that they will be doing a 500 household cash transfer at a rate of ksh 10,000 for 3 cycles.


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