Deputy President William Ruto has appealed to students from across the country to stop destroying school infrastructure and undermining the country’s education system amid increased arson in public schools.
Mr Ruto said the Government and parents spend a lot of money building schools so that students can have access to quality education.
Mr Ruto said: “I ask students not to engage in acts that undermine education by destroying infrastructure and making it impossible for us to empower them.”
Mr Ruto spoke during the opening of Zawadi Mixed Secondary School in Kamukunji, Nairobi County.
He was accompanied by MPs Aden Duale (Garissa Township) Kimani Ichungwa (Kikuyu), Yusuf Hassan (Kamukunji), Yusuf Haji (Garissa), Abdullai Ali (Wajir), Esther Pasaris (Nairobi), James Gakuya (Embakasi North) and Charles Kanyi (Starehe).
Others were Jude Njomo (Kiambu), Beatrice Nkatha (Tharaka Nithi), Ernest Kivai (Vihiga), Abdi Omar (Mbalambala), Mohammed Dahiye (Dadaab), Millicent Omanga (nominate) and Mpuri Aburi (EALA).
Mr Duale said the emerging trend of students destroying school property showed lack of discipline among students.
He called on teachers, parents and religious leaders to work together and ensure students observe discipline.
Mr Duale said: “This trend shows we do not discipline our children as teachers, parents and religious leaders.”
Mr Haji told students to be mindful of others who wish to use the school facilities they are destroying.
At the same time, Mr Ruto assured residents of Nairobi County living in areas where the big four housing project will be built that they will be the first beneficiaries of the project.
The Deputy President said the government was turning its focus on upgrading informal settlements in the city to improve the lives of lower earners.
Mr Ruto said the Government will build roads worth Kshs 4 Billion, connect informal settlements to power under the last mile and improve water supply.
He said: “Nairobi is not just Lavington, Muthaiga and Karen: if we want this city to prosper we must focus our attention to underdeveloped areas in Nairobi.”
The Deputy President said the Jubilee administration will work with all elected leaders to achieve the country’s development goals.
He said: “I want to assure you we will work with all elected leaders from across the political divide to drive the country’s development agenda.”