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MP tells CORD to keep off laptop project

09 July 2013, 12:37 James Kabotia

A member of the parliamentary committee on Education has hit out at the Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD) parliamentarians who are demanding that the money set aside by government to buy laptops be used to pay teachers.

Anthony Mutahi who is also the Laikipia East MP said that the cash set aside for the laptop project will not be tampered with, saying that it has already been budgeted for.  

The Mp who was speaking in Nanyuki Primary School during the Laikipia East District Education Day said that the Government is working tirelessly to ensure that teachers’ demands are met.

Mutahi has urged public primary school teachers who are on strike to heed President Uhuru Kenyatta’s call and resume work, saying that the state is capable of sourcing their money elsewhere.

A section of legislators allied to CORD Coalition were demanding that the money allocated for the laptop project be used to pay teachers.

Mutahi told the parliamentarians to stop politicizing the ongoing teachers’ strike and instead work with the government to clear the standoff.  

The former Principal of Nanyuki Garrison secondary school said that the government is planning to build laboratories in all schools where pupils in all classes will be taught computer lessons.

Speaking in the same function, Laikipia county executive member of Education John Bosco Akaale said his ministry has set aside KES 130 million for employment of nursery school teachers.

“Another KES 71 million has been set aside to assist in bursaries for secondary schools and tertiary level students,” said Akaale.

The executive at the same time warned private institutions in the county that do not offer standard and quality education that they risked closure.

The former Ruai Secondary School Principal said that his docket will not sit back and watch the schools embezzle cash from parents, insisting that they must offer quality education.

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