Be Sensitive On The Plight Of The Poor: Magoha Cautions Heads Against Sending Learners For Fees

Education cabinet secretary George Magoha has proved his humanity by pleading with school heads to remain sensitive on the plight of poor parents. He has reminded the heads about learners who are coming from extremely poor back grounds and can only find solace in school. The Cs was speaking during his address to the media, shortly after visiting Nyabururu girls’ secondary school in Kisii.

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“Among the children, there are those who are extremely poor. Let them remain in school. You are sending them home to do what?” asked Magoha

“You are sending them home to a 10 by 10 room. In such a situation, it is criminal to send such a child home. Some children have had both their parents affected by Covid-19; with some having their mother and father not working. Let us not send them home unless you have done due diligence to establish that their parents are able to pay schools fees.” He added.

Magoha thanked teachers for their sacrifice to remain in school, despite the Covid-19 pandemic and assured them of full reopening of schools in January.  “It is not enough to castigate the government on schools reopening; all of us must be prepared and support the programme,” said the CS.

Professor Magoha promised that the government will provide children from poor families with two re-usable masks upon reopening of schools. “Some people want us to still close our schools. We have lost teachers, children and even parents but this is happening all over the world. Covid-19 is here to stay. Reopening schools will be a big challenge but we are ready for the task.”

About ESP desks, the Education CS said a “substantial” amount of money has been paid to artisans who are making desks for public primary and secondary schools. He confirmed that the artisans from Machakos and Nairobi who had delivered the desks have been paid while those from Kirinyaga, Kisii, Muranga and Makueni will get their payments from next week, after verification of their documents.

“The documents have to be verified at the county level before submitting them to our head office and eventually make payments through M-Pesa. The payments will be much faster because we are paying for what has been verified.”

“I have several desks myself and those that were poorly done have been returned. We should not raise unnecessary tension among Kenyans. Anybody who wants to audit the programme and the funds used can do so. No amount has been stolen. By the time schools reopen in January all money could have been paid,” Magoha told those accusing his leadership of stealing money meant for ESP desks.

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