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Parent moves to court seeking to compel Magoha reopen schools for third term

He also wants Magoha barred from implementing community-based learning project.

In Summary

• Aura further wants the court to compel Health CS Mutahi Kagwe to reopen of all play areas and recreational centres for all children across the country.

• Through Lawyer Harrison Kinyanjui, Aura says many countries who had high number of Covid-19 cases have since reopened their schools and Kenya should also follow suit.

Education CS George Magoha during Covid-19 press briefing at Afya House on March 13, 2020.
Education CS George Magoha during Covid-19 press briefing at Afya House on March 13, 2020.
Image: MERCY MUMO

A parent has moved to court in a bid to compel Education CS George Magoha to reopen schools for the third term.

Joseph Aura argued as a parent since the state ordered for closure of schools due to Covid-19 in March, his kids and others across the country have been at home indefinitely.

“I have lodged this proceedings as a parent on behalf of my children and on behalf of millions of voiceless children enrolled similarly in learning institutions across the country,” Aura says.

 

The father of three says in-person learning is the best when it comes to the education of children rather than virtual or any other method.

Aura wants the court to order Magoha reopen all schools from September this year for the next academic term.

He also wants Magoha barred from implementing the community-based learning project across the country which the CS announced on July 30.

Aura further wants the court to compel Health CS Mutahi Kagwe to reopen of all play areas and recreational centres for all children across the country.

“The oppressive psychological and mental torture inflicted on the school going children because of the open-ended closure of schools effected by the ministry from March till now has gravely injured them,” reads the court documents.

Through Lawyer Harrison Kinyanjui, Aura says many countries who had high number of Covid-19 cases have since reopened their schools and Kenya should also follow suit.

Some of counties he cited include France, Japan, Nigeria, Tanzania, Senegal, Gambia, Namibia, Ghana among others even though some opened partially for finalists.