We can’t close, won’t close - private schools tell Kaimenyi
21 September 2015, 08:14
Narok - Owners of Private Schools in Narok County have opposed the decision by Education Cabinet Secretary, Jacob Kaimenyi to close public and private schools saying it is against the national goals of education.
Led by their chairperson Magret Koileken, the proprietors said they will not close their schools because they have not been consulted and the government is not involved in the running of their schools.
She stated that private schools are private entities and know their terms of engagement with the parents, pupils and teachers.
“We are shocked by the directive and we totally condemn it because there is no support we get from the government,” said Koileken who spoke to the News24 over the weekend.
She maintained that they are not affected by the ongoing teachers strike because their teachers are not paid by the government and have not been on strike.
“If the government increases salaries that the striking teachers are agitating for, how will our teachers benefit?” posed Koileken.
They demanded an explanation from Kaimenyi as to why they are being told to close schools.
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“The government should so give us a reasonable answer as to why they want us to close. This is marginalization from the Ministry,” said the chairperson.
She faulted Kaimenyi for running the ministry as a one-man show and failing to consult other major stakeholders in the ministry.
“We do not receive any subsidy from the free primary education; our pupils are also made to pay for examination yet the government said it was free and our teachers have not benefitted from government sponsored trainings such as SMASSE,” lamented Koileken.
She warned that most proprietors have taken loans from banks and any closure will mean they will not be able to service the loans.
“We shall not close because if we do so then our schools will be auctioned,” she stated.
She supported the move by the National association of Private Schools to seek legal recourse saying the directive to close all schools was 'not well thought out.'
A statement from the national chair, Mwai Wangai to all proprietors of private schools said they have made a decision to continue teaching as usual.
“In the meantime, we are preparing to move to court on Monday to quash the decision by the Ministry to close private schools due to the effect of the strike. We call upon all members to support the association in its pursuit of justice for private schools,” read the message from statement.
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