Education Cabinet Secretary Ezekiel Machogu on Thursday, March 9, laid down a plan by the government to curtail the spread of Lesbian, Gays, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queers (LGBTQ) practices in public schools.
Appearing before the Senate Standing Committee, the CS noted that his Ministry had reached an agreement with clerics led by the Anglican Church of Kenya Archbishop, Jackson Ole Sapit, to address the concerns surrounding LGBTQ.
He noted that his Ministry will establish chaplaincies to prevent the infiltration of LGBTQ principles among Kenyan learners.
"We are establishing a Chaplaincy chaired by Archbishop Jackson Ole Sapit. We cannot allow those issues (LGBTQ) to infiltrate our schools. We aim to establish chaplaincies in Kenyan schools," Machogu told the senators.
Machogu's remarks came days after he announced new regulatory measures to govern outsiders carrying out activities in institutions of basic education.
During a meeting with faith-based organisations on February 22, the CS discussed education on sexuality in schools and, consequently, the plan to establish the chaplaincies was birthed.
In a subsequent statement, the CS noted that the move would help protect teachers and learners from the influence of contemporary practices capable of eroding cultural values.
Further, the meeting resolved that individuals or organised groups seeking to carry out activities in schools will have to undergo vetting as one of the precautionary measures.
Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua's wife, Dorcas Rigathi, had also addressed concerns relating to LGBTQ, urging teachers to speak out against the spread of the trend among boarding school students.
"There is homosexuality and lesbianism in schools but we do not want to speak against it so we can look good. When we allow this, we lose a generation,” she stated during a function at Chania Girls on January 20.
Both President William Ruto and his Deputy Rigathi Gachagua had previously made their stances on the issue public as they vowed not to allow same-sex marriages and relationships in the country.
Several parliamentarians also vowed to push legislation that would criminalize same-sex relationships coming after a heated debate in the country.
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