– Kenyan parents have faulted government’s move to give school children long holidays because of the forthcoming repeat presidential election
– According to parents ,the long holidays for school children may bring about teen pregnancies,serious drug abuse and high dropout rate
– TUKO.co.ke has learnt that School children will break for holidays on Tuesday, October 24 2017 until January,2018
The National Parents Association has raised concern over the ‘minor’ adjustment in the Kenyan education system ahead of the October,26 repeat poll.
The Association which is a body that represents Kenyan parents with children in both public and private schools has faulted government’s move to give school children long holidays because of the forthcoming repeat presidential election.
TUKO.co.ke has learnt that School children will break for holidays on Tuesday, October 24 2017,just two days before Raila Odinga and President Uhuru Kenyatta face each other in repeat election.
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Faulting the directive which was given by Education CS Fred Matiang’i ,National Parents Association Nicholas Maiyo said the long holidays for school children may bring about teen pregnancies,serious drug abuse and high dropout rate.
According to Maiyo,who made the remarks on Saturday,September 23,while addressing journalists in Eldoret,the ‘minor’ changes in term dates to accommodate the repeat poll will greatly affect school children.
“The changes mean children will be at home for more than two months which is quite a long period.”Maiyo said.
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Maiyo held that parents will be overwhelmed ,rather overburdened by their children due to the long holiday,adding that many school girls will be exposed to dangers such as early pregnancies that will force them out of school.
“We urge parents to take extra care of their children during that period to prevent pregnancy and abuse of drugs and alcohol.”
However,Maiyo said nothing can be done to change the dates but urged the government to make constitutional changes so that the election date is moved from the usual August to December.
“It’s now evident that the dates interfere with examinations and programmes including those on development.”Maiyo said.
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