Private school owners cry foul

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Proprietors of  private schools in Trans Nzoia have faulted the government for leaving out children learning in private schools  in text book distribution programme.

Speaking  on  behalf of other private  school owners during a press conference in Kitale on Wednesday, an official from the Private Schools  Association and owner of Lamplighter  School in Kitale, Joseph  Keter  said that the move is discriminatory and disadvantaged learners from private schools.

“What I want to tell the government is that the text book programme is an exercise involving text payer’s monies and parents of children in private schools also pays taxes and should therefore not be discriminated against,” he said.

He  added, “We expect the government to supply text books to all schools and not only in public institutions since the government has a responsibility to safeguard the interests of all learners,”.

According  to the proprietor of Lamplighter School, the government should embrace an all -inclusive approach in its programmes and asked the education ministry to review the policy on textbook distribution to include learners from private schools.

“Any  programme which directly benefits the learner should not be offered selectively with those in public schools being given preference compared to those in private institutions,” he noted.

Speaking  during the same function, owner of  Aida Star Academy, Ms. Regina  Kitivi called on the government to review education policies that selectively benefited learners of public schools.

“Our institutions supplement the government’s initiative of ensuring every Kenyan child has access to education. We should therefore be seen as partners and not rivals,” said Ms. Kitivi.

They  however, hailed the government for introducing and implementing Competence Based Curriculum, which they said, had excited most learners.

By  Pauline  Ikanda

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