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Keep politics out of public schools

By - | January 11th 2013

The announcement by Education minister Mutula Kilonzo that schools should not be used to conduct party nominations is timely.

Public school are strained in terms of administration, provision of basic learning facilities and overcrowding and no disturbance should be allowed there.

There is an acute shortage of teachers in the schools and some of the classes host even over 80 students.

The idea of free primary and free tuition  for secondary schools was a noble idea that was wrongly executed. This is why some unscrupulous school heads are still levying  money in terms of food, stationery and tuition. It is a fact that the poor are the ones who take their children to these schools yet they sit the same examinations with students in private schools.

There is a lot of politicking going on at the moment, yet no one is providing solutions to the myriad problems facing public schools. A critical analysis of the situation is required and necessary measures taken to improve academic standards in the country. Holding nominations in schools is surely not one of the measures.

{Richard K Korir, Mombasa}

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