The government has warned private school owners not to force students and pupils to attend class during the 10-day holiday following the first term’s closure.
The Ministry of Education had received information about private schools offering tuition, according to Principal Secretary Julius Jwan.
Dr Jwan said during the ongoing KPSA conference in Mombasa that all pupils and students should be allowed to rest during the holiday.
“We have received information from Mombasa and some other areas where some private schools have put children in the institutions in the name of tuition.
“Let’s give children a break. We know our schedule is very tight and we had a case in Mombasa where our senior ministry official found learners in class. Schools are closed,” said Dr Jwan.
The PS urged the school owners to adhere to Ministry of Education guidelines.
“You cannot put children in school at this time and they only have 10 days to rest before reopening. Even if you need money, please give parents time to prepare children,” added the PS.
Roselyne Litaba, Kiambu Sub-County Director of Education, advised parents to allow their children to relax and engage in recreational activities over the next two weeks, with only a few hours of study.
“We do not encourage parents to pay for tuition for their children at this moment of the holidays but they should be allowed to relax,” she said adding that the young people are getting mental illnesses due to the stress and pressure of crash course academic programmes.
She said that because of the fixed timeline, the candidates could focus on some revision.
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