Parents challenge Form One selection process in court
14 January 2014, 10:01
Nairobi - Kenya National Association of Parents (KNAP) has moved to court to challenge the legality of Form One selection that is being launched today at the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development.
KNAP Secretary General, Musau Ndunda, said that it was unconstitutional for the Cabinet Secretary for Education to launch the process.
He said the activity, would leave out up to 200 000 children without school, adding that it contravened the provisions of the Basic Education Act of 2013.
Ndunda further challenged the Cabinet Secretary for Education, Jacob Kaimenyi, to state where he got the authority to direct head teachers and principals of schools to select students for Form One admission.
“The Basic Education Act 2013 abolished all admissions in pre-primary, standard one and form one selection (Section 34/5) and therefore form one selection scheduled for Tuesday is illegal,” said Ndunda.
He also said that the association had collected 1 000 fees structures from across the country which they have forwarded to the Director of Public Prosecutions for investigations.
Ndunda said according to the KNAP the cost sharing strategy of the early 1990s that gave rise to Parents Teachers Associations (PTAs) was abolished by the Basic Education Act 2013.
“It is unconstitutional for school heads to sign and issue fees structures to parents because according to the Act they do not have the mandate to execute financial obligations and general administrative duties in schools,” said Ndunda.
– CAJ News