By MARY KAMANDE
However, even as the Government insists on the ban, there are sentiments the directive will remain unheeded as has been the case in the past.
“Some schools have made holiday tuition compulsory and parents are forced to comply to save their children from discrimination,” says a Thika parent, who requested anonymity, though he feels learners in Standard Eight and Form Four should be allowed to attend holiday tuitions to prepare for national exams.
Schools for safety
Despite the knowledge that tuitions have been banned, he says, parents with children in lower classes continue to take them for the extra coaching because they feel school is the safest place they can be while away from home.
Mr Peter Maina, a teacher and a parent, says teachers have been forced by circumstances to conduct tuition sessions.
“In the current setting, teachers are appraised on their pupils’ academic performance regardless of the children’s other talents. As such, teachers are constantly under pressure to increase mean score for the children and go at any length to achieve that,” says Maina.
No extra cost
“Children need time to rest and be with their parents and the normal school days are enough to learn,” he says. However, he adds, remedial lessons conducted during the school days are helpful to the children but should be at no extra cost.
Maina’s sentiments are shared by Thika West DEO, J M Ndundu, who says children should be left to develop socially, physically and cognitively, but are often denied the opportunity to develop their psychomotor and affective domains as academic performance is given prominence.