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Private schools divided over directive to close down

21 September 2015, 10:44 Joseph Njung'eh

Nyeri - Private schools in Nyeri County are divided over the government's directive to close all private and public schools.

Some private schools such as the Good Shepherd Academy in Nyeri town have already decided to send pupils home, contrary to Private Schools Association announcement that they will continue teaching.

“We have already written letters to our 700 parents to pick up their children and instructed day scholars not to report to school,” said the school’s senior teacher, Felix Muchiri.

Muchiri said only class eight candidates would remain behind for studies.

The Private Schools Association Nyeri Chapter has however vowed not to close down schools saying the government has not given enough reasons.

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The regional chairman, Ngunjiri Wanjohi said closing down will amount to breach of contract between the schools, parents and teachers.

“The directive will affect suppliers, bankers and other stakeholders. It is discriminatory and applies double standards,” said Wanjohi.

He added that learning in private institutions has been going on uninterrupted.

“Ministry of Education said no learning has been going on but our pupils have been studying effectively since we opened early this month,” said Wanjohi.

He noted that they cannot afford to refund parents their school fees since the proprietors have already committed the money to other activities.

“There will be financial implications since the private school proprietors have loans to repay. Closing down their schools will lead to default and the repercussions are dire,” he added.

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