Many private schools have violated an order issued by Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha regarding the resumption of Grade Four students.

Grade Four students were instructed to return to school on Monday, July 26, as instructed by Magoha.However, private schools have told students to return to school on Wednesday, May 12.

“After consultation, we have seen fit to return to school on May 12 to ensure that we keep them in regular schooling,” read a message sent by parents from Garden Estate Academy in Nairobi.

The Ministry of Education has instructed students to stay home to allow other grades to complete their third term and to adhere to the community grade policy issued by the Department of Health.

Grade Four, along with the eighth and fourth graders, completed their syllabus last term during the first phase of the reopening.

Some parents have blamed private schools for the move and said they had not been consulted. They noted that schools should adhere to clear guidelines set by the education ministry.

Some parents also complain that schools are taking advantage of the long-term leave of the students to exploit them.

“We were not contacted and it raised a lot of concerns about some parents who support the school and some of us are arguing,” the parent told Nation.

The news comes as private school owners have expressed concern over the new high school enrollment program introduced by the Department of Education. They pointed out that the new formula reflects preference for public school students.

Magoha noted that the department would replace the previous model by making a single selection process rather than contesting and allowing parents and candidates to choose their preferred schools during the second phase.

The new formula, independent schools have indicated, will affect students who obtained less than 350 marks as most of these students have secured places to study during the second phase of selection.

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