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MP faults CS for Confusion Over Reopening of Schools

Kandara MP Alice Wahome has faulted education CS professor George Magoha for not coming out clear when students will go back to school.

Wahome on Wednesday said Magoha for a long time has been giving parents and students mixed signals on re-opening of schools putting them in confusion.

She said the CS by now could have told parents when the schools will be re-opening instead of keeping them in the dark.

“When the professor was announcing re-opening of colleges and universities he should have come up with a formula on when primary and secondary schools will resume learning,” she said during an education consultative meeting held at Murang’a High School.

The MP alleged that the CS seems not to take the education sector with the seriousness it deserves, saying the President should remove him from heading the important Education Ministry and give him another job.

“It has been about six months since schools were closed due to the impact of covid-19 pandemic. It’s very worrying that there is no clear date on when the students go back to school while many learners fear they may be forced to repeat classes.

Lack of clear decision on re-opening of schools demonstrates lack of seriousness, ability, and consultations by the CS to deal with the magnitude of Covid-19 as far as education is concerned,” added Wahome.

She said the government should come out and inform parents when their children will resume learning saying many of the learners have been negatively affected over the period, they have been out of learning institutions.

Murang’a senator Irungu Kang’ata and Gatanga MP Joseph Nduati have said learners should be allowed to go back to school.

“As the government is working hard to put right measures to contain the spread of Covid-19, it’s time for learning to resume,” he added.

During the meeting it emerged that staying at home has exposed learners to drug abuse and early pregnancies.

Stakeholders called for concerted efforts to improve education standards in the county with concerns raised on poor performance in the national examination in the recent past.

By Bernard Munyao

 

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