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Duale: Refugees weighing down education standards

06 February 2014, 14:39

Nairobi - Parliament's Majority Leader, Aden Duale, accused refugees of registering for local examinations with a view of attaining citizenship at the expense of education.

Duale said that it had come to his attention that refugees register for national examinations and do not attend classes and hence pull down the overall performance in the examination.

He added that the motivation behind most refugees' registration for examinations was acquiring citizenship using the certificates.

“These refugees are registered and do not learn. I am sure they do not want education; they are after the certificates for use in getting our documents,” said Duale.

It is believed that many are lured to join privately-owned schools which are owned by foreigners and they finally get radicalized and recruited to Al Shabaab, the militant group blamed for local terror activities.

Duale called on the government to categorize the 60 schools in refugee camps differently so that they did not affect the mean scores of the rest of the schools in Garrissa County.

According to UNESCO, Dadaab refugee camp has 15 schools with a total of 17 000 students and the Kakuma refugee camp has 21 schools with a total of 20 000 students.

Refugee camps have been blamed for being a hideout for terrorists who come into the country pretending to be refugees.

Duale meanwhile urged the Garissa County leaders to work with the national government in improving education standards in the region.

– CAJ News


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