As schools close to pave way for smooth administration of Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) and Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examinations, parents in Trans Nzoia County have been asked to be in full charge of their children.
Kenya National Association of Parents (KNAP) Trans Nzoia County Chairperson, Mr. Wellington Waliula, made the appeal when he visited Kenya News Agency (KNA) offices in Kitale Tuesday.
“Learners will be home for seven weeks. This is a long period that demands parents to be keen on their children to ensure they do not engage in unbecoming behaviour and particularly during this time when election campaign fever is on high momentum,” remarked Waliula.
He instead advised parents and guardians to involve the learners in what he termed as light home economic activities that do not border on child labour.
“With the planting season here with us, we expect our learners to occupy themselves by assisting parents with farming activities, besides setting adequate time for personal studies for academic growth,” urged Waliula.
Waliula praised the Competency Based Curriculum (CBC) of education, saying it would properly integrate learners into socio-economic and cultural environment, outside school perimeter.
“In fact learners under the new CBC system spend school holidays with a lot of ease since they use most of the time putting to practice knowledge acquired and by involving their parents or guardians,” observed Waliula.
With the current tight academic calendar that was occasioned by Covid-19 pandemic, Waliula appreciated parents in the county for closely working with school heads and teachers to ensure academic programmes were minimally affected.
The association thanked parents and guardians in Trans Nzoia County for tightening their belts and ensuring school programmes were not affected through payment of fees and other academic requirements.
He urged the National Treasury through the Ministry of Education to ensure timely disbursement of capitation funds in order to maintain uninterrupted learning activity in public schools.
All schools in the country are expected to close by Friday this week for their long holidays till 25th April, 2022 when they will reopen for first term for the new academic year.
By Maurice Aluda