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Alice Wahome slams education CS for putting parents in dark on reopening of schools.

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Kandara MP Alice Wahome has faulted education CS professor George Magoha for not coming clear when students will go back to school.

Wahome on Wednesday said Magoha for a long time has been giving parents and students mixed signals on reopening of schools putting them in confusion.

She said the CS by now could have told parents when the schools will be reopening instead of keeping them in the dark.

“When the professor was announcing reopening of colleges and universities he should come up with a formula on when primary and secondary schools will resume learning,” she said during an education consultative meeting held at Murang’a High school.

The MP alleged that the CS seems not to take the education sector with the attention it needs, saying the President can give him another work apart from heading the education ministry.

“It has been about six months since schools were closed due to the impact of covid-19 pandemic. It’s very worrying that there is no clear date on when the students go back to school as many fear they may be forced to repeat classes.

Lack of clear decision on reopening of school demonstrates lack of seriousness, ability, and consultations by the CS to deal with the magnitude of Covid 19 as far as education is concerned.” Added Wahome.

She said the government should come out and inform parents when their children will resume learning saying many of learners have been affected by negative influences while they are out of learning institutions.

On his behalf Murang’a senator Irungu Kang’ata and Gatanga MP Joseph Nduati have said learners should be allowed to go back to school.

Kang’ata observed that children who are mostly affected by the closure of learning institutions are those of poor parents.

“As the government is working hard to put right measures to contain the spread of Covid 19, it’s time for learning to resume. Most affected children are those from poor families,” he added.

During the meeting it emerged that staying at home has exposed learners to drug abuse and early pregnancies.

Stakeholders called for concerted efforts to improve education standards in the county with concerns raised on poor performance in the national examination in the recent past.

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