You’ll Be Jailed For Conducting Holiday Tuition, Ministry Warns
Schools and school heads have been cautioned by the ministry of education against conducting holiday tuition against the latter’s directive.
Principal Secretary for Early Learning and Basic Education Julius Jwan has warned school heads to conduct holiday tuition at their own risk. The ps urged schools to let children be with their parents.
The PS was speaking on Monday during the ongoing Kenya Private Schools Association (KPSA) annual conference at Pride Inn in Mombasa.
Holiday tuition was banned by the Ministry of Education in August 2008 for both private and government schools. The ministry termed any extra learning as “prison tuition”.
The Learners, who went for a ten-day break on July 1 at the end of the first term, are expected to resume studies for term two on Monday, July 11.
Some schools have however have retained their form four and class eight students in bid to cover the syllabus in readiness for the examinations. The ministry warned such heads against flouting the ministry’s guidelines. He said going against the guidelines attract very heavy fines, including a jail term.
“We have received information from Mombasa and some other areas where some private schools have put children in the institutions in the name of tuition. Let’s give children a break. We know our schedule is very tight and we had a case in Mombasa where our senior ministry official found learners in class. Schools are closed,” said Dr Jwan.
The PS urged the school proprietors to follow Ministry of Education guidelines.
“You cannot put children in school at this time and they only have 10 days to rest before reopening. Even if you need money, please give parents time to prepare children,” added the PS.
Meanwhile, the ministry has directed Quality Assurance and Standards officials to reinspect all private schools with a view to determining their preparedness for Junior Secondary School (JSS).
The directive was issued by Education CS George Magoha during his address at the KPSA conference.
The pioneer class of Grade 6 learners will transition to Junior Secondary School in January 2023.
Some 1.24 million candidates will sit the inaugural Kenya Primary School Education Assessment (KPSEA) under the CBC from November 28.
A timetable released by the Kenya National Examination Council (KNEC) indicates candidates will be assessed in five papers for three days until November 30, 2022.
The PS for Implementation of Curriculum Reforms Fatuma Chege said the government has prepared guidelines for the placement of Grade 6 pupils in Junior Secondary Schools (JSS).