A court case is emerging as the Education Ministry is warming up for Community based education. Education CS Magoha has occasionally stated that studies will resume in 2021, probably in January depending on the Covid-19 situation.
If the virus infection rate will continue to strike higher then this means that the schools might not be able to resume in January next year. Many schools continue to shut down on daily basis as the effects of schools closure strikes harder on the economy of the country.
According to Harrison Kinyanjui a popular Kenyan lawyer, Education CS must reopen schools just like churches and restaurants or else they meet in court for the rights of his clients, young schooling children headed by Mr Aura Enoch.
In a letter written on 14th of August to CS Magoha, copied to the Ministry of Health and to the Attoney General, Mr Harrison noted that social places like churches and restaurants are more dangerous than schools when it comes to the spread of coronavirus pandemic.
The government has been mobilising learners to attend learning in their villages even as matters of adequate teaching and learning resources continues to emerge.
Supporting community based learning, Mr Kahi Indimuli who is Chairman of Kessha urged parents to take their children to nearby learning centers so as not to indulge in high transport and boarding expenses.
Mr Harrison used examples of countries like Tanzania, Denmark, Sweden, Uruguay, Democratic Republic of Congo, United Kingdom, USA, Taiwan, Netherlands, Italy Germany, France, Ivory Coast, just to name a few that have resumed learning in schools despite high Covid-19 Cases.
INTERNATIONAL SCHOOLS SUED FOR EXPENSIVE' ONLINE LEARNING
International schools have been conducting virtual lessons to make sure that their curriculum is less affected by the coronavirus crisis. However more battles continue to emerge in courts as parents fight the expensive fees charged by the institutions.
In Kisumu County, parents head to court led by Lady Justice Thrispisa Cherere seeking an order to stop the high school fees levied by Kisumu Education Society Trust. The schools that reopened in April has been offering online classes at a full normal fees without parents' consultation.
The community and nonprofit organization managages several leaning institutions incliding Kisumu Senior Academy, Kisumu Junior Academy and Mahavir Nursery School. The parents also seek the intervention of the Ministry of Education and Attorney General so that they may be allowed to pay less 30 per cent of school fees and be allowed to form an association of Parents and Teachers.
In the suite, they also ask Ministry of Education to formulate rules and policies that will be used in regulating the Basic Education Act and guiding education institutions when it comes online learning.
UNIVERSITY VICE CHANCELLOR TO BE SUED FOR CORRUPTION
Prof. Mary Walingo of Masai Mara University will appear before court on Monday 24th to answer greaft charges. The professor was suspended in 2019 when she was the vice Chancellor for the institutions after her case went viral on her corruption scandals in office.
Director of Public Prosecution Mr Haji had disclosed that he has enough evidence of how the VC and others conspired to steal money from the university. Her Deputy Vice Chancellors for administration Dr Ole Sano and DVC for academics Dr Almadi Obere together with Biket Okumu, Noor Abdi a driver to Professor Walingo won't be spared either.
It is reported that the five withdrew KSh177 million from the university's accounts without following proper procedures when Professor Obere was the academic DVC in 2009. Vice Chancellor Walingo is believed to have ordered her finance officers to engage in the corruption scandal where she signed fictious cheques together with the Deputy VC for finance.
It was this matter that led to the suspension of the suspension of the VC. The DCI and the DPP both took charge of the public matter as they all claim money meant for public use was directed to individual gains.