The Government is focused o
n making all schools in the country habitable for learners, Deputy President William Ruto has said.
He noted that the move would make classrooms conducive for learning.
“Schools are powerful knowledge incubation centres. The skills acquired by learners are a bedrock for the transformation agenda of our country,” said Dr Ruto.
He said the realisation of the Big Four and the Vision 2030 was a function of the skills gained in learning institutions.
He spoke on Monday in Kimilili, Bungoma County, where he laid foundation stone for the construction of eight classrooms at Matili Friends Primary School and opened 16 new classrooms at Namakhele and Nasianda Primary Schools.
Dr Ruto said the government had taken the sole role of catering for tuition for every learner in public institutions.
“This will boost enrollment and learners’ know-how besides promoting equity in our country,” he added.
The Deputy President was accompanied by Speaker of the Senate Ken Lusaka, MPs Didmus Barasa (Kimilili), John Waluke (Sirisia), Dan Wanyama (Webuye West), Mwambu Mabonga (Bumula), Fred Kapondi (Mt Elgon) and former Kakamega Senator Boni Khalwale.
He said his tours around the country was meant to deepen development, especially in the so-called marginalised areas.
“We have transitioned our leadership fabric to one whose drive is development. We do not have space for past-date politics of tribalism and hate,” he told the people of Kimilili.
Senate Speaker lauded the new-found unity among leaders, observing that the move signals a new era in the country’s politics.
“It is through our unity and togetherness that we can achieve our development plans as a country,” said Mr Lusaka.
While echoing the Speaker’s sentiments, Bumula MP said it was encouraging that leaders were not embracing competition on issues.
“Such rivalry would ultimately empower Kenyans for only those with best ideas on development would survive the sharp scrutiny of voters,” he said.
Besides embracing issues-centred leaders, Mr Waluke asked politicians to discard factional politics.
“Let us appraise leaders not based on their political parties but on what they stand for,” said the Sirisia lawmaker.
That is why, Mr Khalwale said, Western Kenya is taking the route that is informed by the development track-record of those presidency in 2022.
“We will not back you just because you are from our community. We will look at the roads, schools and hospitals that you have built,” he observed.