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Why we should make education affordable

By The Standard | Published Wed, November 16th 2016 at 00:00, Updated November 15th 2016 at 20:04 GMT +3
Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang'i had his work cut out when he took over the running of the ministry. So far, he has not disappointed.PHOTO: COURTESY

Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang'i had his work cut out when he took over the running of the ministry. So far, he has not disappointed.

He has proven beyond doubt he is up to the task for, in a relatively short period of time, he has taken on cartels that had hijacked the running of day-to-day affairs at the ministry and made short work of them.

For once in a long period of time, the ongoing national exams have not been marred by cases of cheating, despite a few last-minute attempts. At both levels of learning, a semblance of order and a sense of purpose are returning.

But, even as Dr Matiang'i tries to restore the prestige of our education system, there are those who will still want to negate his gains. In Kisumu County, for instance, there are reports pupils joining Standard One in public schools will be required to pay Sh16,000 per term.

This is not only unrealistic; it flies in the face of the Government’s pledges to offer free and compulsory primary education.

 Matiang'i would be doing the Kenyan child and parent a service if he ensures lack of fees is not a hindrance to education. He should firmly deal with individuals who are intent on denying millions of children from poor families an education, the key to their future.


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