NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 12 – The Ministry of Education says it has made arrangements to transport candidates sitting the Kenya Certificate of Secondary School Education (KCSE) examinations who may be stranded due to the ongoing crackdown targetting Public Service Vehicles (PSVs).
Speaking in Kisauni, Mombasa on Monday, Principal Secretary Belio Kipsang revealed that school buses will be on standby to transport students to their various centres.
He explained that this arrangement will ensure that the ongoing examinations are not affected by the transportation crisis currently being experienced across the country.
“We are aware this morning that our colleagues in Interior are coming out to streamline the transport sector and we are aware it might affect our students in one way or another. As a result, we directed that all school buses be available so that where students require such transport, then they can be dropped in school,” he stated.
The Ministry of Transport has in the meantime directed the Kenya Railways Corporation to increase the number and frequency of commuter trains on all routes.
Through a statement, Transport Cabinet Secretary James Macharia declared that train fares should be reduced by 10 per cent until normal public transport services resume.
He further urged Kenyans to support the initiative by the government to enforce traffic laws which encompass the famous Michuki rules, named after former Transport Minister the late John Michuki.
The rules, which include vehicles having a yellow line, functioning seat belts and valid insurance certificates, were not being implemented strictly in what is blamed for the increased number of road accidents.