Magoha Disobeys Orders to Readmit Expelled Students

  • Education Cabinet Secretary, George Magoha.
    Education Cabinet Secretary, George Magoha.
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  • Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha on Saturday, December 18, was adamant that he will not honour court orders asking him to readmit students implicated in arson.

    Speaking at Maseno school in Kisumu, the CS castigated the court, arguing that its directives put the lives of students at risk.

    Magoha's response came in the wake of students unrest in schools.

    Education CS George Magoha arrives at Kabarak University in Nakuru County to preside over their 17th Graduation ceremony on Friday, December 17, 2021
    Education CS George Magoha arrives at Kabarak University in Nakuru County to preside over their 17th Graduation ceremony on Friday, December 17, 2021
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    "No single principal will be allowed to admit students who have a record of indiscipline issues in their previous schools," he emphasized.

    In addition, the CS asked the headteachers to identify students threatening to burn schools and allow them to go home instead of closing the institutions.

    He reiterated that the ministry and other stakeholders were considering introducing canning in schools to curb turmoil.

    Additionally, the CS noted that national examinations (KCSE and KCPE) would continue as scheduled and no changes would be made.

    “The examinations are ready. Candidates should not panic. Let them be calm and prepare for the tests, which have taken into consideration challenges occasioned by disruptions to the academic calendar,” the CS stated. 

    Earlier, headteachers stated they were ill-prepared and needed more time to prepare for the exams due to the unrest that had been witnessed in schools.

    “When we brought on board Form Four students last year, other students stayed at home for long. During that period, they were not properly engaged, and some ventured into businesses while others became mischievous,” Kenya Secondary School Heads Association (KESSHA) chairperson Kahi Indimuli stated.

    “While at home, they had a lot of free time. Once they came back to school, they realized that they were not prepared for the examinations,” he added. 

    A Jamhuri High School dormitory catches fire on Sunday, November 14, 2021.
    A Jamhuri High School dormitory catches fire on Sunday, November 14, 2021.
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