Parents want schools closed, national exams postponed
15 September 2015, 10:53
Nairobi - The Kenya National Parents Association (KNAP) now wants the government to immediately order for closure of all public schools because of the biting teachers strike.
KNAP Secretary General, Musau Ndunda said the government must close down the schools for the safety of school pupils and students because there seems to be no end in sight for the strike which is in its third week.
Ndunda said that from the ongoing grandstanding from both government officials and teacher's union officials, it is quite clear that the row will continue for some time, and they are concerned about the security of their children who have been in school without supervision by their tutors.
"We have visited various schools in the country to assess the situation and our findings have revealed that the learners are in the school without anybody minding about them. An independent assessment in the schools in different counties revealed that the children are on their own," said Ndunda.
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"The practice of children being in class alone without a teacher, learning privately by themselves especially in boarding is improper and unprofessional. Let us not cheat ourselves that children can be learning in schools without instructions of their teachers," he added.
Ndunda noted that from the ongoing grandstanding from both government officials and teacher's union officials, it is quite clear that the row will continue for some time.
"For the security of children, we are calling upon the government to close down all schools and suspend learning until a solution for the teachers strike is found. We cannot take the safety of children for granted, now that they are on their own," explained Ndunda.
The KNAP secretary general at the same time asked the government to postpone national examinations which are a month away, noting that this year's candidates have not prepared enough due to the lost time.
"The national examinations for secondary school students is less than a month away. The exams for primary school pupils is set for November. The truth of the matter is that the learners have not had enough time to prepare; these examinations should be deferred," he said.
"Students and pupils should not sit for the national exams when they are not prepared and they haven't revised well enough. Even if the strike was called off today, they will not have ample time to revise. The exams should be postponed until they have compensated the lost time," he stressed.
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