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Boarding schools are here to stay, Education official says

The Kisii County Education Director, Mr. Pius Ngoma, has told off those advocating for scrapping of boarding schools, saying it was not the best solution to schools’ unrest.

Speaking to KNA in his office in Kisii town, Kisii County, Mr. Ngoma said abolition of boarding schools will disrupt learners who are enrolled from different counties.

Noting that boarding schools were friendly to parents and guardians who move from one region to another in search of a livelihood, Ngoma said the boarding schools were the best option to retain learners in school for continuity reasons instead of occasionally transferring them to different schools.

“Will it be right for students whose parents are civil servants to be transferred from one school to another when parents are transferred?” wondered Ngoma.

            He said boarding schools help build a cohesive nation as children from diverse backgrounds meet in schools and learn different cultures.

The Country has seen an increasing debate from different quarters concerning whether to scrap or retain boarding school in the wake of school unrests that leads to torching of dormitories.

by Michieka Erastus/edited by Jane Naitore

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