Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha’s indecisiveness on the schools reopening has the Judiciary worried.
High Court Judge, Justice John Makau, faulted Education CS for flip-flopping on reopening dates.
He stated that he will decide whether or not schools reopen on Thursday, now that the man entrusted with the responsibility has failed to do his work.
According to the judge, Magoha’s reasons to delay the reopening of schools were not sufficient as he kept shifting his stand on the issue.
Magoha was sued by a parent, Joseph Enock Aura, who demanded schools to reopen arguing that indefinite closure of schools was affecting students.
On October 7, Makau ordered Magoha to convene a meeting with education stakeholders including the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) ahead of reopening of schools for Grade Four, Class 8 and Form 4 students on Monday, October 12.
The meeting was to be used to make decisions on conditions for the reopening of schools.
However, Magoha reiterated that all other students will stay at home after Covid-19 cases spiked.
The meeting was to be used to make decisions on conditions for the reopening of schools. CS Magoha, however, reiterated that all other students will stay at home after Covid-19 cases spiked.
On Wednesday, October 28, during a tour of Muruguru Girls Secondary school in Nyeri County, he warned school heads against recalling all other students.
“The government has not opened schools for other children whether in public, private and international schools. If anyone is bringing in more children that we had said in the beginning, we are going to react swiftly.
“This is the last warning for whoever feels that he or she is bold enough to open schools without authority,” Magoha declared adding that Grade 4, Class 8 and Form 4 students will not be sent home despite the increase on Covid-19 cases.
The CS had earlier on assured parents that no student would be chased from school. Education PS Belio Kipsang, however, clarified that parents were requested to only pay for boarding fees.
“Whatever it is that parents were spending on their children should be transferred to schools. We are only asking for the boarding fee,” Kipsang stated on Wednesday, October 28.