School heads: Noisy political rallies disrupt learning

Monday, July 18th, 2022 00:00 | By
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Students in downtown Nairobi along Accra road in Nairobi Schools countrywide have closed for one week. PHOTO/Kenna Claude

Heads of schools and other learning institutions in Kakamega County have raised concerns over the disruption of education programmes due to the ongoing political campaigns.

Managers of various schools, particularly those located along main roads, lament that noises emanating from campaign rallies have had a negative effect on learning programmes.

“There is noise all over and this affects our girls because a number of them lose concentration,” Esther Amukwachi, the Principal of St Mary’s Mumias Girls High School said. Sylvester Ashioya, the Principal of St Ignatius Mukumu Boys located on the Kakamega -Kisumu Highway echoed the sentiments.

“We are not opposed to campaigns but I wish the politicians could at least reduce the music, commotion and keep off areas around schools,” he said.

A number of school heads and other stakeholders fingered Kakamega Senator Cleophas Malalah, as his vans and truck have been traversing the county while playing loud music.

But Malalah, who is seeking to succeed Governor Wycliffe Oparanya, defended himself, saying he had instructed his crew to lower the music whenever they are near a school or hospital.

Direct complaint

“I am yet to receive any direct complaint from any concerned party. I try the best I can to keep off learning facilities, especially when they are in session,” he said.

 Some school boards told People Daily that they had barred political candidates from using their facilities as parking or landing grounds.

The government weighed in on the issue and warned politicians to keep off learning institutions.

County Commissioner John Ondego yesterday said aspirants  and their supporters should maintain peace and not make noise while near schools or hospitals.

“There is a lot of noise in the air because of campaigns. This is unhealthy to many, especially learners and patients. I, thus, urge politicians to have this in mind while moving around seeking votes,” he said.

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