Govt bans all politicians from school premises

Friday, March 4th, 2022 14:34 | By
Education Cabinet Secretary Prof.George Magoha. PHOTO/RAPHAEL MUNGE

No politician will be allowed to enter any public or private learning institutions until all the year's national exams are completed.

Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha banned all kinds of politicians from holding rallies and or touring the schools until the exams scheduled to start on Monday next week are completed.

While making the strict remarks after inspecting Class Eight pupils' preparedness at Kimunyu Primary School in Gatundu South, Magoha upheld that until all the exam materials are transported to the command and control centre at Embakasi in Nairobi, all schools are out of bounds for all politicians.

"We are making absolute banning and politicians will only be allowed within the school premises after all exams are done and materials transported back to Embakasi in Nairobi," he said.

Magoha who advised politicians to alternatively hire stadiums constructed across the country upheld that the candidates must be allowed to sit exams in a friendly and serene environment devoid of politicking.

"There will be no exemptions here and I have briefed the President whom we are together in this. If you try, you will face the full force of law. Children have a right to sit exams in a conducive environment and that we have guaranteed to offer," he warned.

The CS at the same time revealed that centre managers who have been consolidated to manage exams elsewhere will be fairly remunerated.

"I am hearing a lot of noise, maybe because of money. We may not pay them to the level we are paying real centre managers but they will be paid a token," he added.

Meanwhile, CS Magoha announced the extension of the construction of Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC) classrooms in secondary schools by another week to allow contractors who are yet to complete their work to do so.

"We are at 80 per cent and we have counties that have completed. We are hoping to push the construction to 95 per cent before the commencement of full-blown exams, that is KCSE. We will deal with the 5 per cent after all the examinations are done," Magoha added.

He revealed that so far, about 3,500 classrooms have been completed against a target of 6, 470 classrooms that the government is putting up across the country.

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