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Universities Students ‘representatives petition parliament on schools reopening

National Assembly of Kenya

The Universities Students Representatives led by the Chairperson of the council Albert Maloba, who is the incumbent President for Moi University, yesterday filed a petition to the National Assembly concerning the re-opening of learning institutions.

The letter dated 26th of August 2020 was designed to draw the attention of the National Assembly on the indefinite situation in the country’s education sector that needs urgent attention and redress.

It furthered highlighted the unconventional way the Government, under the Ministry of Education has been unable to effectively give
guidance to the country on schools opening formulae despite fundamental changes in circumstances. An evaluation of the ministry’s decisions and pronouncements thus far revealed a clear lack of consistency and predictability which poses a greater threat to the school-going
population and their future, arguably more than Coronavirus disease.

The council continued by saying the Cabinet Secretary for Education Prof. Magoha on record said that Schools might not reopen in January after all, leaving the decision to reopen in the Hands of President Uhuru Kenyatta, who he claims, has the final word.

The Council rmearked on continued best efforts they have made to have these matters addressed by the relevant authorities, all of which they claim has fallen on deaf ears.

The petitioners are hopeful that the National Assembly will :

1. Investigate and table the report in the National Assembly for discussion.

  1. Establish whether protection has been offered by the Government to learners as per Kenyan constitution and recommend any action to be taken to safeguard learners’ rights.
  2. Summon the Education Cabinet secretary and the Attorney General to address the matter in a broader perspective .

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