'NOT CONSULTED'

Parent opposition of pupil transfers after tragedy warranted

Ministry failed to carry out a consultative meeting with stakeholders of the school

In Summary

• Parents cite long distance between the new schools and their homes, and security of their children during commute. 

• Pupils will be left to suffer if the push and pull continues between the state and parents.

The scene where seven pupils from Precious Talent School in Dagoretti, Nairobi county died on September 23
SUBSTANDARD BUILDING: The scene where seven pupils from Precious Talent School in Dagoretti, Nairobi county died on September 23
Image: WILFRED NYANGARESI

The decision by the Ministry of Education to transfer pupils of Precious Talent Academy to other schools has received opposition from parents who have faulted the move on several accounts such as the distance of the new school from their homes.

In this case, pupils will be left to suffer if the push and pull continues between the state and parents. What the ministry failed to do is to carry out a consultative meeting with stakeholders of the school.

Considering the incident occurred in the third term–being the shortest term in the academic calendar and the term of national exams, there are other ways those pupils would have been provided with a safer learning environment without interfering with their preparation for the much-hyped examinations.

 

Nairobi