Strange Reason MP Nelson Koech Is Opposing School Reopening

  • Students during a lesson at Kibra Primary School.
    Students during a lesson at Kibra Primary School. Dr Stella Bosire studied at the school before she was expelled in Class Five.
  • Belgut MP Nelson Koech on Thursday, September 24, challenged the imminent reopening of schools, issuing an unconventional reason for opposing the move.

    The MP noted that boys in the area had undergone circumcision after Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha earlier on announced schools would reopen in January.

    "We have a CS in Education who is a professor of a university but does not in any way think or act like a professor, make a decision. We as Kalenjins circumcise children during this time.

    An image of Nelson Koech
    Belgut MP Nelson Koech speaking at a past event.

    "You said that schools are opening in January, all the boys in the area were circumcised, parents have already spent school fees money if you now say schools are opening in October, what are you thinking?" he stated.

    The MP also hit out at Magoha for what he described as flip-flopping on the reopening dates without issuing a definite date for resumption of learning.

    Koech said that schools in Belgut lacked adequate classrooms to promote social distancing, one of the requirements ahead of the imminent reopening.

    He noted that the area also did not have enough teachers with desks and chairs still not enough for every learner in his constituency.

    The legislature also fired at Magoha after he announced that parents should not be worried about school fees as public schools would remain free.

    "You are now claiming that schools are free, there are no free schools in Kenya. Children have co-curricular activities in school that we have to pay for.

    "You really have to make up your mind on when schools will reopen but for now all boys have undergone circumcision," added Koech.

    The Covid-19 Education Response Committee had settled on Monday, October 19, 2020, as the preferred school reopening date countrywide.

    Magoha, however, stated that the recommendation will be subject to further review and that only the President would announce the definitive reopening date. 

    Education CS George Magoha inspects the level of preparedness of Siaya Institute of Technology, Siaya County on Wednesday, August 19, 2020