Parliament To Grill CS Magoha for ‘Lying’
An MP has accused cabinet secretary George Magoha for allegedly lying that the government is prepared for schools’ reopening during the covid pandemic.
Dhiwa MP, HON. Martin Owino, confirmed that his committee accused the CS of lying to parliament that all measures to ensure learning by form four, grade four and class eight learners had been put in place by the government and that the teaching / learning environment would be conducive.
Just prior to the partial reopening of primary and secondary schools, Magoha told parliament that sanitizers, water points and additional desks were some of the government’s preparations for safe partial reopening of schools. The government would also disburse capitation fees to prevent learners from being sent for school fees
According to Owino’s research findings, teachers and learners in most Kenyan schools risk getting infected with covid-19 due to inadequate preparations by the ministry of education.
“A lot of risks of contracting covid-19 still lurk in schools and that is why many students have been infected,” Owino said.
Owino was addressing Ratanga residents ahead of distributing lockers and chairs to the selected secondary schools within Dhiwa constituency.
He called the promises of MOE on learner safety a mirage, and informed the public that that the MOE has also failed to remit capitation fees to schools.
The eloquent MP felt that most parents got overburdened by the ministry’s lack of preparedness in reopening schools. “Many parents complain of financial challenges due to covid-19. Principals have told me they lack funds for running schools because the government has not released the capitation fees,” Owino added.
He assured parents, teachers and learners that parliament will solve amicably, the challenges being experienced by the education sector.
“We must summon Magoha because we are concerned by the health of teachers and pupils in our schools,” Owino assured the general public.