Education CS Prof. George Magoha has warned teachers and principals who are intending to host school events during the third term. The CS has affirmed that all non-academic activities in schools are banned during the third term, which has been reduced by a week due to the upcoming census. Fundraisers and prayer days are among the events cancelled.
Speaking to the press, he said no one in the public and private schools will be allowed to interfere with the preparations of the children. “You and I know that these activities have been used in the past to do other things,” he said. He warned those who thought the regime change at the Education Ministry means the state of affairs also change, insisting that the laws set up during the tenure of Interior CS Fred Matiang’i as Education CS will remain, “We are going to be very firm with regards to teachers in the public service under TSC,” he noted, adding that he’ll deal with those in private schools directly.
He has urged principals who’ve already sent out invitations to different people to visit schools during the third term to rescind them, “I want this to be a soft warning….if you want to do anything you should have finished everything by the second term.” The Education Ministry had changed the term three opening dates from August 26th to September 2nd, with KCPE exams taking place between October 29th and 31st, while KCSE will take place between October 21st and November 27th.