Politi­cians should keep off ed­u­ca­tion in­sti­tu­tions, af­fairs

The Star (Kenya) - - Voices -

Gover­nors Jackson Mandago of Uasin Gishu and Alex Tol­gos of El­geyo Marak­wet last week led lo­cals to protest against the ap­point­ment of Prof La­ban Ayiro as Moi Univer­sity’s vice chan­cel­lor in an act­ing ca­pac­ity. In­stead, they wanted ‘one of our own’, Prof Isaac Koskey. How­ever, this is not the first time politi­cians have med­dled in ed­u­ca­tion mat­ters. Nyabondo Boys’ Pri­mary School head teacher Ge­orge Oruongo com­mit­ted sui­cide al­lud­ing to a witch-hunt by area politi­cians and named the Nyakach MP. A re­cent re­port showed that 80 per cent of the staff in pub­lic univer­si­ties are from one eth­nic group. This trend among politi­cians should stop be­cause it is un­der­valu­ing the qual­ity of ed­u­ca­tion. They should pro­vide a con­ducive learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment by keep­ing off th­ese in­sti­tu­tions. If they want to get in­volved, then it must be for the good of the ed­u­ca­tion sec­tor, such as de­vel­op­ment.

CEAZER ODUOR Nairobi

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