Parents lobby illegal, government says
27 January 2016, 20:49
Nairobi - The government says that a private school lobby group which has been haggling for the rights of parents is illegal.
Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang'i has stopped the Kenya National Parents Association KNAP from forming parents associations in schools with immediate effect," The Star reports.
In a letter dated January 25 and addressed to KNAP Secretary-General Musau Ndunda, Matiang'i said the association is not the umbrella body of parents anticipated in the Basic Education Act, the report states.
The Cabinet secretary also stopped schools from remitting any money to the association.
“The Basic Education Act No 14 of 2013 that came into effect on January 25, 2013 legalises and provides a role for the parents’ association to allow for their effective participation in the development and welfare of their children,” Dr Matiang'i is quoted as saying.
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According to the Daily Nation
, the CS observed that a thorough review of the KNAP constitution revealed that it is not the umbrella body of parents anticipated in the Act.
“At any rate, such an umbrella body can only be legitimised by a bottom-up, rather a top-down process," he added. Going by your constitution and the by-laws, your association has no legal basis under the Basic Education Act,” he finished.
The lobby has been fighting hard for the rights of Private Schools in the country and has been at the forefront of calling for the addition of slots for Private school children in national schools in recent weeks.
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