Close schools to avert more fires, says former Education PS
28 July 2016, 10:27
Nairobi - Former Education Permanent Secretary, James Ole Kiyiapi has called for the immediate closure of schools to stop rising incidents of school fires across the country.
The former PS said he supports calls by Kenya National Union of Teachers Secretary General Wilson Sossion to have the schools closed and form an independent investigations committee comprising government officials from the Interior and Education ministries to look into the matter.
“The first action that must be taken is to close schools immediately to break away this cycle of school fires. By so doing, the kids will know that the issue has been taken seriously and has to stop.
“We then have to analyse what is going on and find out if the root cause of these incidents are teachers, students or parents and even probe if there is another hand in it,” Kiyiapi said.
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Kiyiapi called on Education Cabinet Secretary, Fred Matiang’i to seek the support of all stakeholders while making policies for the education sector to avert such incidents.
“It is very important for Education Cabinet Secretary, Fred Matiang’i to win on his side the teachers’ unions because if you go to this sector with the boss kind of mind frame then they will fight back,” Kiyiapi added.
Kiyiapi’s sentiments were echoed by nominated Senator Beatrice Elachi, who said the schools should be closed because the CS has no other option left.
“Matiang’i has to accept the closure of schools, but he should not change the policy,” Elachi said.
Meanwhile, 4 ODM MPs have called for the immediate resignation of Matiang'i over the increasing wave of school fires across the country.
MPs Timothy Bosire, Florence Mutua, Opiyo Wandayi, and Geoffrey Odanga said the CS has failed to manage the sector.
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