Deputy President William Ruto has said the Ministry of education is on top of things in resolving a standoff on the admission of students to Teachers Training Colleges (TTC).
Mr Ruto was responding to Northeastern leaders request to have students from the region join TTC with lower grades because the region was marginalized.
They said the move was a temporary one to avert education crisis in the region due to insecurity challenges teachers from other regions experience.
Mr Ruto said: “About the problem you have with TSC, I want to assure you that it will be resolved.”
The Deputy President spoke in Garissa town after launching a water project that included the drilling, equipping and pipeline distribution of borehole water in Garissa town.
He was accompanied by Garissa Governor Ali Korane, MPs Adan Duale (Garissa), Rashid Kassim (Wajir East), Rehema Hassan (Tana River), Bashir Abdullahi (Mandera North), Hassan Omar (Wajir south), Abdi Shurie (Balambala), Mohamed Hire (Lagdera), Rehema Dida (Isiolo), Sophia Noor (Ijara), Mohamed Dahiye (Dabaab), Annah Subbow (Garissa), Abdikarim Osman (Fafi),Abdi Mude (Lafey) and Mohamed Mohamud (Mandera).
The Deputy President said the Government asked Northeastern leaders to mobilize students from the region to take up teaching jobs so that the region can have adequate teachers from within.
He assured northeastern leaders that the Government will ensure every child in the region enjoys the right to education.
He said: “I want to give you our assurance as Government that the education of our children, especially those from the pastoral communities, is a priority commitment for the Government of Kenya.”
At the same time, Mr Ruto has assured Kenyans that the 2019 national census will be conducted in a transparent manner and factor in the concerns from stakeholders.
The Deputy President said census is a very important exercise because it will guide the Government in the management of affairs of the country for the benefit of the people.
Mr Ruto said: “We want every Kenyan to get their fair share during the census exercise so that we can plan the country’s development on the basis of data that is correct and one that is going help us manage the affairs of our country better and in a way that benefits all the citizens.
He added: “The relevant agency will involve all stakeholders.”
Mr Ruto asked youth from pastoral communities to take advantage of education opportunities like Technical Training Institutes (TTIs) to acquire skills that will make them competitive in the job market
He said: “Our goal is to ensure every youth has access to employment opportunities. This means youth must be equipped with skills.
Senator Mohamud said education is the single most important thing a nation can give its citizens.
Mr Ruto said the Government will implement the Northeastern affirmative action plan to accelerate development in the region.
The Deputy President said the Government has set aside 625 Million for Garissa town water project.
Mr Ruto said the Government was focused on implementing development projects that will transform the country adding there was no time for politics.
The Deputy President said leaders had resolved to unite to serve Kenyans sentiments that were echoed by Mr Duale and Mr Ichungwa.
Mr Duale said Jubilee leaders are focused on supporting President Uhuru Kenyatta to implement the country’s development agenda.
Mr Ichungwa said: “President Kenyatta and Mr Ruto have asked us to stop politics and focus on development”.