Despite arson fires razing dorms around the country, schools will remain open until August 12. That’s the decision reached yesterday during a meeting chaired by Education CS Fred Matiang’i.
A total of 115 public secondary schools have been hit by unrest, leading to massive property damage, mainly through arson.
The meeting was attended by secondary and primary schools head teachers, religious leaders and the National Cohesion and Integration Commission members. Their statement was read by Anglican Church of Kenya Archbishop Jackson ole Sapit.
Sapit said “school activities are running normally in 99 per cent of the 9,300 secondary schools across the country.” “In light of the fact that only a few days are remaining for second term to end, principals are encouraged to complete the normal school calendar.” Sapit said learners should be allowed to sit their end-of-term exams before schools close for August holidays.
He said efforts must be made by parents, teachers, clergy, security officers and students to end indiscipline. Principals and school boards have been asked to continue meetings with students to address their grievances. Destruction of school infrastructure is likely to undermine the gains the country continues to make in improving access, equity and quality of education, the meeting observed.
An eight-member committee appointed by the Education and Interior ministries was to move fast and conclude investigations into school arson.
The Education ministry, the Teachers Service Commission and clergy was also asked to fast-track establishing chaplaincy in secondary schools to provide pastoral guidance. There will also be a national stakeholders conference on schools management on September 23, to discuss learning environment.