NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 21 — Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i has extended the term of the Special Committee investigating last term’s cases of school unrest by six weeks.
The Education CS said that the extension “followed a meeting with the Special Investigations Committee members at his Jogoo House office.”
“The team led by career administrator Clare Omollo said it needed more time to thoroughly analyse the data it had collected since it was appointed in July,” the Education CS stated.
He indicated that the decision means a stakeholders meeting that was to be held on Friday to discuss the committee’s report has been put off indefinitely.
The committee had been given 30 days to submit a report on the school arson incidents which are raising serious concern.
Matiang’i and his Interior Ministry counterpart Joseph Nkaissery had indicated that the report should clearly outline measures to reduce cases of unrest.
It pointed out that individuals responsible for school fires should also be identified and the measures taken to either prosecute or surcharge them explained.
The committee was expected to probe all cases of school fires during the second term of 2016 as well as review recommendations of previous task forces on school unrest.
Members of the committee include the Secretary of Administration in the Office of the President Claire Omolo, Assistant Inspector General of Police Lillian Muli, Assistant Inspector General Directorate of Criminal Investigations Patrick Mugo and Senior Assistant Director in the Education Ministry Charles Khanyira.
Others are James Kairu who is a Senior Assistant Director in the Education Ministry, the Teachers Service Commission Senior Deputy Director Loise Nyaseda, an Educationist Gracie MK. Mullei and Lt Colonel (Rtd) F.C. Mugambi.
The team is also supposed to audit existing school safety and security regulations and make recommendations on strict measures to maintain a high standard of discipline.