, NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 20 – President Uhuru Kenyatta has directed the Education and Health ministries to enrol all three million secondary school students into the National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) scheme with effect from January 2018.
He gave the instructions at State House when he was briefed on this year’s Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) results by Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiangi and his team.
The Head of State said the NHIF enrolment is part of the President’s Big Four growth agenda, which targets affordable healthcare for all, food security, housing and manufacturing.
President Kenyatta also directed Matiangi to work with Attorney General Githu Muigai to make presentations to the DPP so that cases of cheating involving more than 700 teachers countrywide are expedited.
The President also asked the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) to reward principals, schools and subject teachers who excelled to promote continued high performance.
But similarly, President Kenyatta said teachers caught cheating should be punished severely to serve as an example to others.
CS Matiangi said the results are showing a normal curve as reforms in the exam system are entrenched.
President Kenyatta directed CS Matiangi and the head of the Kenya National Examination Council (KNEC), George Magoha, to institutionalise the reforms so that the achievement made in the last few years is maintained.