Speaking during a meeting with Education County Directors and ministry officials, Kaimenyi said allowing students to go on holiday gives them the chance to learn other life skills outside school.
He stressed that any school head found retaining students during the holidays will be prosecuted.
“Reading or learning all the time reduces children to robots. All those who will retain students in school during the holidays risk prosecution,” he cautioned.
He pointed out that Article 37 of Basic Education Act, 2013 outlawed holiday tuition and anybody who violates it commits an offense and is liable, on conviction, to a fine not exceeding Sh100,000 or to imprisonment for a period not exceeding one year or to both.
He further expressed the need for schools to implement the Safety and Health Policy, saying students needed to live in a secure and health environment for learning
He asked the County Directors of Education to ensure schools comply with the guidelines and particularly that relating to school buses and other transport facilities.
“School buses and other transport facilities should be comprehensively insured and regularly serviced and maintained,” he stated adding that the vehicles must be fitted with appropriate seats and seat-belts.
He said adherence to rules will prevent accidents similar to that which recently claimed the lives of school children in Kisii.
The Cabinet Secretary also impressed on the need for ministry officials to help the public radically change their attitude towards technical and vocational education.
“We need to develop a breed of artisans, technicians and technologists to be able to meet the needs of a growing economy,” he noted.