Government will not rebuild dormitories burnt by students – Magoha
School administration and parents will be obligated to cover the costs of reconstruction. Education CS Magoha stated that the government would not contribute to the rebuilding of student-burned dormitories.
So far this term, which began in October, at least 31 schools have been burned down.
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Due to the increased number of school fires, the Ministry of Education caved on November 2 and ordered that all primary and secondary schools be closed on November 19.
“It has been decided that the half-term break will commence on Friday, November 19, 2021. The students will report back on Tuesday, November 23, 2021,” the statement read in part.
Teachers affiliated with the Kenya Union of Post-Primary Education Teachers (KUPPET) and school heads affiliated with the Kenya Secondary Schools Heads Association (KESSHA) advised the state to take a break.
Teachers blamed the unrest in schools on the tight academic schedule after the government reworked the timelines to recover lost time, according to KESSHA Chair Indimuli Kahi.
“We forgot that we have students who have a lot of energy, and they look forward to participating in these events,” stated Kahi.
Omboko Milemba, the chair of KUPPET, advocates for the abolition of boarding schools so that parents can be actively involved in their children’s discipline and counselling.
The Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (KUPPET) has now requested that the Ministry of Education adjust the academic calendar in order to alleviate stress among students and teachers, which has led to unrest in many schools.
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The busy curriculum of the second term, according to Kahi, could have been a factor in the unrest and rising cases of dormitory fires in various secondary schools.
According to Kahi, the second term has always been difficult, even in the old calendar. It is the term in which all schools strive to complete the curriculum on time so that the third term can be used for revision and exams.