Education PS Dr. Jwan refutes media reports on starving Tiaty KCPE candidates

Principal Secretary, State Department of Early Learning and Basic Education Dr.Julius Jwan has refuted media reports that some schools in Tiaty-Baringo and some parts of Turkana are in dire need of food for learners.

Speaking in Nakuru on Tuesday morning when he presided over the distribution of examination materials, Jwan stated that the reports were incorrect.

The PS stated that no school was facing such scenario as government has put in place measures to ensure learners get meals in school.

“I have seen some reports purporting that learners and teachers in some schools in Tiaty and Turkana are begging for food. I want to state here that there is nothing as such and you can even make calls to confirm. The Ministry has a program in place where we have ensured that learners get meals in school during this time of national examinations” he said.

On the issue of some centres in Eldoret and Bungoma having not received their examinations materials, Dr.Jwan Once again clarified that is not the case.

According to him the over 50 centres had been shut down during sometimes back and students registered in other centres hence no student has missed examinations.

“These are centres that had a few students and shut down during the COVID-19 pandemic hence students were transferred to other centres. So I can assure you that no candidate has missed exams” said Jwan.

Jwan who monitored the distribution of examination materials in Nakuru County lauded the role played by stakeholders in ensuring smooth exercise.

He called on parents who are worried about transition to Junior Secondary to be patient as Taskforce on CBC prepares to hand over report to President.


Natembeya declares resumption of security operations in Baringo,Turkana counties


The goverment has announced the resumption of security operations in Baringo and Turkana counties following fresh banditry attacks.

Riftvalley Regional Commissioner George Natembeya said this time round the operation will be ruthless to wipe out the bandits.

Natembeya who addressed media at his office in Nakuru on Tuesday was categorical that the bandits have been organizing attacks in Baringo, Turkana and Laikipia counties.

The announcement by Natembeya follows what he termed failed approach by political leaders from the areas to conduct a one month peace campaign and voluntary disarmament.

“The political leaders and what we had agreed has recorded minimal results and that’s why we are saying that as from tomorrow the dusk to to dawn curfew as well as security operations is in place in that area” be said.

He slammed a section of local leaders for derailing government efforts to restore sanity in the area.

According to Natembeya,a move by area political leaders to give solution to banditry attacks within 30 days has been fruitless with only three guns having been returned.

It is for this reason that he said the goverment will now move in with force to restore sanity.

Residents asked to relocate as Turkwel Dam nears overflow

turkwel dam

Government has issued an advisory to people living around Turkwel Dam to relocate to safer grounds with the water reservoir expected to spill in the coming days.

Government Spokesperson Cyrus Oguna says the government has been monitoring the dam and that it is expected to spill with heavy rains pounding the region.

He says the dam as it stands now has only 1.6m to overflow.

Areas likely to be affected include Kalemnyang, Loyapat, Nakwomoru, Lodwar and settlements along the shores of Lake Turkana.

“The government has been monitoring various facilities and Lakes and one of them is the Turkwel Dam which is almost overflowing. We, therefore, appeal to our people to move to safer areas to avert a disaster” he said.

Oguna who addressed the media on Thursday at Lake Nakuru National Park also appealed to Kenyans living near rising Lakes across the country to take precautionary measures and pay attention to the advisories being given by the government.

He called on Media practitioners to play a key role in ensuring members of the public get to know the changing environmental aspects to avert disasters.

“We are not just talking about Turkwel Dam but all those living in areas where there is a probability of Lakes rising to also be keen on the alerts and advisories being given by the government,” said Oguna.

Turkwel dam is located between Turkana and West Pokot counties.

It has a capacity of 1.6 billion m3 and covers an area of 16,061 acres.

The dam is Kenya’s highest at 1,150 metres and produces 106MW of electricity.

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