Parents will pay for school fire damage
2 months ago, 13 July 06:05
The government is encouring the establishment of more day schools across the country as away of affording education for all deserving children.
Education Principal Secretary Belio Kipsang yesterday told the Star that while boarding schools will remain in place, the government was pushing for day wings to be established in all boarding schools.
"We have 16 schools across the country which are piloting this concept and they are doing very well. Because not all parents can afford to take their children to boarding, we want those who can afford day to do so. No child should be denied the chance to go to school because of fees or because boarding schools do not have facilities to accommodate them," said Kispang.
Earlier he told the National Assembly Education committee chaired by Tinderet MP Julius Melly that day schooling program will enable parents to engage their children by instilling proper discipline in them.
“The direction that we need to go is a day school system where students operate from home. The ministry would want to increase opportunities in day schooling so that parents can have an opportunity of engaging their children and making sure that the children are properly taken care of,” he said.
The PS cited schools such as Strathmore High School and Kianda School whose students are day scholars contending that the same may be replicated in other schools across the country.
“The two are top schools and we have never had so much challenges because parents have an opportunity to contribute to the discipline of their children. Going forward that is the direction that we are going to adopt. Day schooling is the future that will be able to help us as a country to handle this issue of arson,” he said.
A spate of school fires has left 39 schools closed and 142 students arrested for various offences across the country.
The Cabinet secretary Amina Mohammed and all her senior officials have been allover the country literally fighting and insisting that the ministry will not relent on its reforms.
Yesterday the Chief Administrative Secretary in the Kisii region other senior officials were in North Eastern, Bomet, West Pokot and Nakuru holding meetings with school managers and students.
In Parliament Kipsang said parents needed to start reflecting on the effects of boarding schools on their children.
“This is one of the countries where obsession for boarding schools is so high. In other parts of the world, day schooling is so strategic and important. The future of any country is day schooling,” Kipsang said.
“Day schooling is the future that will be able to assist us as a country to handle these issues. I think the direction that we gradually need to go is day schooling. Going forward, that is the direction that we are going to day schooling.”
This is after Melly directed: “We need your input as a Ministry on these unrests so as to help us in drafting a report that we will table before the House when it resumes on July 24”.
Kipsang told the MPs that the ministry ...
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