State Issues 13 Directives To Students Travelling Out of Kenya
To protect students’ safety and to track their progress, the Ministry of Education has released recommendations for students planning to travel outside of the nation.
According to a Ministry statement published Monday, October 3, pupils must first receive a letter from their school.
If the school is facilitating the travel, it must submit a complete list of pupils with their names, dates of birth, and a copy of their birth certificate and passport certificate.
In accordance with the most recent directives, parents will be needed to provide consent, which the ministry will verify with a copy of their identification cards and a letter from the school.
Mary Gaturu, the Director of Quality Assurance and Standards in the Ministry of Education, remarked, “All children, whether in or out of school should seek clearance from the Director of Children Services.
According to Gaturu, students would also be required to produce an invitation letter from the host institution in order to be granted permission to leave the nation.
In the rules established by the Ministry of Education to streamline cross-border facilitation, teachers will also be needed to obtain approval from the Teachers Service Commission (TSC).
“Private school teachers must provide copies of their passports, identification cards, and appointment and introduction letters,” Gaturu stated.
In addition, teachers will be forced to offer medical insurance coverage for all kids departing the country via international flight.
In accordance with the most recent regulations, school administrators will be required to explain how pupils will account for time lost during overseas travel.
“In cases where children travel outside the country during school term, the Principal/Head teacher should give a letter of commitment on how the time lost will be recovered,” Gaturu made it clear.
According to the Ministry of Education, children may not travel for longer than two weeks throughout the school year. The same rule applies during vacations when travel time is restricted to three weeks.
The Ministry maintained that when a group includes both boys and girls, even if there is just one boy or one girl, both male and female adults must follow them.
In addition to evidence of sponsorship and legal guardianship, other criteria include a copy of the student’s passport.
“Documents to be arranged in accordance with the list of students and filed in clear folder,” Gaturu stated.
The recommendations are intended to assist teachers and parents in collaborating with the government to ensure that kids who travel for educational purposes are properly documented and their progress is accounted for.