Govt told to use Interpol to track text books saga in Trans Nzoia
Written by Leonard Wamalwa
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The Trans Nzoia Director of Education Joseph Wamocho with the area district education officer Enock Okwemba at the education day function in Kitale primary school. [ PHOTO | Leonard Wamalwa | West Fm]
Following the ongoing thefts of text books in schools in Trans Nzoia county, that has left many schools with blank libraries, the area county director of education Joseph Wamocho has called on the government to engage international police officers in establishing the genesis of the books theft.
Speaking at Kitale primary school during a Trans Nzoia West education day, the director said that the extend to which the trend of thefts has reached, needs more serious measures by the government to curb the situation that is bound to bring negative impacts on the education standards in the region.
He said that all leads from the thefts indicate that the books are being sold in the neighboring Southern Sudan country which is said to be doing a similar syllabus and therefore there is need for the engagement of the Interpol and other international relations to establish the truth in the allegations.
"We do not know who is involved in this saga, whether some of our officers or books dealers are involved but are calling on the government to assist by involving the international police - INTERPOL to assist our Kenyan security to establish the now famous allegations that the books have got a market in Southern Sudan which is doing a similar syllabus to ours," said the director.
Over twenty schools in Kwanza constituency and a couple of others in Saboti constituency have lost text books worth not less than five million shillings in the last one year through breakages into the stores and libraries.
At the same time Wamocho cautioned head teachers in the county to shun the tendency of exaggerating enrollment of pupils in their respective schools with an aim of earning more funds from the free primary education -FPE kitty.
He pointed out that it had been noted that some of the teachers give lower enrollments in other aspects of educational requirements but the numbers change whenever time comes for FPE enrollments.