PRIVATE SCHOOLS IN KENYA OPERATE WITH VARIED MIXED INFLUENCES WHICH MAY NOT BE FAVOURABLE TO KENYAN CULTURE AND CUSTOMS.
Kenyans must question why the new CS in Education, Prof Magoha and his honchos at Ministry of Education are presiding over death of public school through poor policies, a new curriculum that we are not ready for, and suffocating public schools without proper funds, adequate teachers and lack of infrastructure.
The first function that MAGOHA presided over after his nomination to become education CS was a to preside over a ceremony at the private and exclusive rich only members club of a school called Pioneer group of schools in Muranga. While there, Magoha said that in Kenya, there are no private or public children. So he declared govt will pay exam fee for those exclusive kids and may also give them scholarships to study in those profit making things like Nova, Brooke house, Riara and Bridge… Many of which don’t even teach Kenyan curriculum.
KENYA IS DIVIDED NOT BY TRIBE, BUT BY CLASS
Magoha lied by saying that kids are equal in our schools. They are not. He is a product of public school education. Let him visit Maseno school where he went to school today, and compare it with Pioneer. The two are miles apart. What separates them? Money and class. Mr. MAGOHA must know, that our schools have become the legendary book ‘animal farm’ where those in private academies are more equal than those in public schools.
Amos, a researcher and expert based at Twaweza trust, blames unions for this sad state of affairs. He is mistaken. The question should be… Who is to provide education to citizens?
The United Nations Commitee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR) on 4th March 2016 published concluding observations based on the latest periodic reports submitted by
Regarding the right to education the CESCR expressed it’s concerns as follows.
“Inadequacies in the public schooling system has led to proliferation of… “…private schools” .. and substandard schools, … which have led to segregation or discriminatory access to education particularly for the disadvantaged and marginalised children..”
It is the duty of government to ensure inclusivity and equity in education sector. But more so, MOE must regulate the kind of teaching going on in those schools. Some of the schools are teaching the devil, glorifying demons and encouraging things like Halloween orgies and parties that are not KENYAN and are a form of DEVIL WORSHIP.
The unions and other stakeholders, like parents associations, experts like Twaweza and Elimu yetu coalition must remind govt of thier roles and fight privatization and profit making of schooling in Kenya. KNUT IS ON THE FOREFRONT ON THIS.
We believe every child – rich or – poor, should have the best education. We believe that no matter the condition of parents, whatever situation they go through, should not determine the fate of education for their children. It is our duty as unionists, experts l, media and teachers to demand that MOE gives every child equal access to the best education that can make them standout anywhere in the world.