Ministry Plans To Abolish all Boarding Schools
Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha has revealed plans by the ministry of education to abolish boarding schools gradually. This is opposed to a current proposal that suggested immediate closure of all boarding schools.
Prof Magoha has also said it will be impossible to abolish the 4,000 boarding schools at a go, but that the state will adopt a policy that will see new ones are day schools. This will eventually see an increase in the number of day-schools.
These plans will see that no more boarding school is established and that all upcoming schools are registered as day schools.
“There is no plan to abolish them, but there is thinking in that direction. There has to be a gradual process. Maybe new start-ups (schools) will be day schools,” said Magoha.
The CS said every situation regarding boarding institutions would be looked at on its own merit. Several Education stakeholders believe abolition of boarding institutions will end school unrests.
But Magoha said in Mombasa during a workshop for education officials: “It has never been a policy to abolish boarding schools. It is not an issue to bother at the moment.”
A task force had earlier on proposed closure of all boarding school ahead of the competency-based curriculum, which has already been implemented. Last year, former KNUT secretary general Wilson Sossion, suggested closure of all boarding schools as away of curbing arson cases in schools.
It seems that the education CS is reacting to some unseen pressure from parties who want the boarding schools closed, and he will seemingly bow to the pressure.
Should all boarding schools be closed as per the plans of the ministry, then students will be forced to learn closer to their homes.