Written by Joseph Amunya Otieno
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Some of the students from Lugari District going back to their homes after most schools in the area cancelled the extra holiday classed after a directive from the education minister. [PHOTOS | Joseph Amunya | West Fm]
Several secondary schools in Lugari District have canceled tuition programmes and sent students back home. A spot check by West FM has revealed this.
Schools neighboring Lugari District headquarters including St. Lukes Lumakanda Boys and Bishop Sulumeti Maganda Girls dispatched their students who had already reported for tuition studies Thursday morning.
Most teachers interviewed by West FM disclosed their fears following Education Minister Mutula Kilonzo’s stern directive warning of dire consequences on those who will defy his order banning tuition in both public and private schools.
The teachers, however, blamed the minister for failing to follow the right procedure that required him to issue a written circular over the same.
They further cited weaknesses in the existing education laws, which they claimed did not bar them from having extra teaching sessions with their students.
They have asked the minister to prepare for a mother of battles in early September when their planned nationwide strike is set to begin.
“This is just a warm up exercise. Let the minister prepare himself for the mother of all strikes in September, unless he convinces the government to meet all our demands,” said a teacher at Bishop Sulumeti Girls.
Most primary schools in the district have remained closed except a few private ones that opened doors last Monday.
Area District Education Officer Mr. Francis Shikanga could not be reached for comment with confirmed reports indicating that he had gone to pick his child from a school in Kitale that had also canceled its tuition programme.
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