CS Magoha calls out cartels pushing for early reopening of schools

Education CS Prof. George Magoha speaking to the press at Kitale Polytechnic

Education CS Prof. George Magoha has criticized cartels in the Education Ministry who are pushing for the reopening of schools in September, saying they are in for a rude shock.

Speaking to the media when he toured Kitale Polytechnic to ascertain the facility’s level of preparedness to reopen, CS Magoha claimed some cartels who benefit by supplying goods under shoddy deals to schools are the ones pushing for the reopening of schools, without putting in mind effects of Covid-19 and the students’ health.

He noted that they have put their money interests first at the expense of learners, and act as though they have more muscle than the government, “We won’t be run by cartels pushing for drastic changes and opening of learning institutions. I’m warning them to leave education matters to the Ministry and the government.” He added that they’ve been in business with heads of learning institutions and continued closure has impoverished them.

He, however, refuted claims that WHO and UNICEF have called for resumption of classes in September given the rise of teenage pregnancies and other sinister cases. He claimed the two bodies want to use children in Africa as experiments and see how they’ll cope with the pandemic, saying he won’t allow that to happen. He affirmed that he’ll only receive orders from President Uhuru Kenyatta, “WHO and UNICEF want to use our children as guinea pigs for their silly experiments which we are aware of. We will not allow such things to happen to them.”

He further supported the ongoing community based learning program, saying it will help impart other relevant skills to students as opposed to syllabus coverage that is done in
schools. He said the program will run for the next two months and called upon teachers to obey the Education Ministry’s directive to engage learners in different fields.