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Kaimenyi upholds ban on holiday tuition

22 April 2015, 10:43 Samuel Kisika

Nairobi – Education Cabinet Secretary, Jacob Kaimenyi has rejected an MP’s proposal seeking to lift ban on holiday tuition in schools.

Kwanza MP, Ferdinand Wanyonyi had argued that tuition in public primary and secondary schools helped teachers cover the syllabus before candidates sat their national examinations in addition to helping both average and slow learners.

“Tuition should be allowed for teachers to have extra time to help our children. The problem we have is that the Education ministry takes a stand and says it is the law. There are no consultations at all,” said Wanyonyi.

He added that most schools are faced with the problem of syllabus coverage due to inadequate teachers in schools and limited learning period contributing to poor performance in national examinations.

“Shortage of teachers is a major problem. The ministry should flex its muscles. There are slow and average learners who need more time for much assistance compared to gifted learners,” said Wanyonyi.

The defiant Kaimenyi maintained that his ministry works collaboratively with schools to ensure teachers complete the syllabus in time, in addition to allowing remedial teaching in schools.

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“Remedial teaching provides extra time for teachers to help slow and average learners. The ministry also ensures that the lost time during strikes is recovered through extension of school calendar for syllabus coverage,” said Kaimenyi.

Regarding the MPs’ claims that the Education ministry does not conduct stakeholder consultations as required by the Constitution to initiate laws, Kaimenyi refuted and tabled a sample of recorded minutes showing various stakeholder representations including the legislators involved in a series of meetings.

“We have never come up with laws without consulting. We always invite various stakeholders in the education sector for representation and we have the documented evidence,” affirmed Kaimenyi.

Kaimenyi together with his Principal Secretary, Belio Kipsang, had appeared before the National Assembly Education committee chaired by Murang’a County MP, Sabina Chege to respond to questions touching on the education sector raised by MPs in the House.

The duo further warned secondary school heads against hiking fees contrary to the recently enforced and harmonized fee structure.

“There are integrity issues by school heads and we have received allegations that some principals have increased fees contrary to the Kilemi Mwiria’s taskforce recommendations on harmonized fees. We are working to have them identified and punished,” warned Kaimenyi.

The Education ministry banned tuition on grounds that it was interfering with social lives of children and it was used as source of income by teachers to exploit parents during this era of free education.

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