Education CS Prof George Magoha on Thursday stated that he does not see any problem if some schools charge for e-learning services.
While appearing before the parliamentary Education Committee, Magoha said Kenya is a free country although the teachers and parents ought to agree on affordable fees.
“It is some form of justice if these teachers develop additional content which they use to teach students online, when it comes to charging…since this a free country, I see nothing wrong with charging for a service delivered.
“It is not proper to stop the ones with access so that they can be the same as the ones without. It is better to allow the ones with access to gain and hope that the period is as short as possible, so that when the time comes we shall empower the rest,” said Magoha.
The CS maintained that when schools open the syllabus will start from where it stopped although the next holiday (August) might be shorter.
“When schools open, the syllabus will start from where it stopped. Our teachers are good and if they focus on the children who perhaps didn’t have the benefit of using e-learning at home, they will be able to cover the syllabus quickly,” he reiterated.
Magoha also stated that it is not possible to determine when schools will reopen due to the unpredictable nature of the Coronavirus.
The Ministry of Health announced 47 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, bringing the national tally to 581.
32 of the new cases are from Mombasa, Nairobi has 11 cases, Busia 2, Kiambu 1 and Kwale 1.
Five new cases have been reported in Eastleigh while Old Town has recorded 18 new cases.