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MPs push for free secondary school education

25 March 2014, 18:40 William Korir

Nairobi - Members of parliament allied to the Orange Democratic Movement ODM are set to push for free secondary school education to help out an increased pool for needy Kenyans.

The Mps say that they plan to have the Education Act 2013 amended to include secondary school education under the bracket of free and compulsory like is the primary school education.

They say that the government should ensure the right to education as emphasised in the constitution is met.

Speaking at Parliament buildings Tuesday, the Mps, Florence Mutua (Busia WR), Joyce Lay (Taita Taveta WR, Junet Mohamed (Suna east) and Opiyo Wandayi (Ugunja) say they wil table the bill to ensure that all Kenyans get free education to an acceptable level.

The say that the number of students who miss out on secondary school education despite attaining the 250 pass mark is alarming and must be adressed.

" The number of students missing out on secondary school education is high and must be adressed. It is only fair that we have free education at secondary level to curb it, Mutua said.

Her counterpart Wandayi said that the Jubilee government must be tasked with ensuring there is education for all as is in their manifesto.

" The government should ensure that there is equality for Kenyans and that all persons are entitled to a free and expansive education.

The Kenya National Examinations Council KNEC confirmed that over half the students who sat for the 2013 Kenya Certificate of Primary Education examinations will not get a place in secndary schools, a damning statistic for a developing country like Kenya.

" Those numbers are high and should be looked at by the government, Lay quipped.

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