NI­CHOLAS MAIYO: SEEK­ING ED­U­CA­TIONAL RE­FORMS

NI­CHOLAS MAIYO, CHAIR­MAN, NA­TIONAL PAR­ENTS’ AS­SO­CI­A­TION/ “I want to work very closely with the CS so that we put in place a child-cen­tred ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem where par­ents, teach­ers, spon­sors and other stake­hold­ers will have equal say be­cause they all have a

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Newly elected chair­man of the Na­tional Par­ents As­so­ci­a­tion Ni­cholas Kibitok Maiyo grew up with the pas­sion to be a leader and the de­sire to be a politi­cian so as to in­flu­ence poli­cies that af­fect Kenyans.

In 1997 he joined Kanu and was elected a civic leader for Ziwa-Sirikwa ward of then Uasin Gishu County Coun­cil.

But he faded out of elec­tive pol­i­tics in 2002 to con­cen­trate on com­mu­nity lead­er­ship fo­cus­ing on is­sues af­fect­ing schools, par­tic­u­larly par­ents.

“I am a politi­cian but for now I want to con­cen­trate on shap­ing the as­so­ci­a­tion to be a body that will ef­fec­tively ad­dress in­ter­ests of par­ents in the ed­u­ca­tion sec­tor,” he says.

Maiyo was brought up in very hum­ble cir­cum­stances.

He says, “I saw my par­ents toil­ing and strug­gling for us and it’s then that I re­alised how im­por­tant a par­ent is in shap­ing the life of a child. From then I have al­ways felt that par­ents are a key stake­hold­ers in the ed­u­ca­tions sec­tor.”

He re­grets that for many years par­ents’ con­tri­bu­tion have largely been ig­nored in the sec­tor.

In­stead the other play­ers like the govern­ment and school man­agers have been dic­tat­ing terms as con­cerns school fees, dis­ci­pline, books, cur­ricu­lum and other is­sues.

He now feels that the re­forms un­der­taken by Ed­u­ca­tion CS Fred Ma­tiangi and his PS Kipsang Belio will help to trans­form the sec­tor and put em­pha­sis on all stake­hold­ers play­ing their role in ed­u­ca­tion mat­ters.

“I want to work very closely with the CS so that we put in place a child-cen­tred ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem where par­ents, teach­ers, spon­sors and other stake­hold­ers will have equal say be­cause they all have a role to play,” Maiyo, who serves as a mem­ber of sev­eral school par­ents as­so­ci­a­tions in North Rift, says.

He also has views on the re­cent wave of ar­son in schools and lev­els of in­dis­ci­pline among learn­ers.

He feels these are is­sues that can be dealt with only if stake­hold­ers do not ig­nore each oth­ers role in the up­bring­ing of chil­dren.

“As an as­so­ci­a­tion they will also lobby to have the govern­ment deal with the is­sue of pay for teach­ers once and for all”, he says.

“It’s time we re­solve this is­sue and de­velop a struc­tured way to han­dle teach­ers’ re­mu­ner­a­tion.”

He re­grets po­lit­i­cal in­ter­fer­ence in the man­age­ment of schools and some lead­ers even hav­ing their por­traits put ex­am­i­na­tion pa­pers.

“We don’t need to politi­cise our ed­u­ca­tion to that ex­tend. It’s morally wrong to at­tempt to mis­use young chil­dren for self­ish per­sonal po­lit­i­cal in­ter­ests. It un­ac­cept­able.”

IT’S MORALLY WRONG TO AT­TEMPT TO MIS­USE YOUNG CHIL­DREN FOR SELF­ISH PER­SONAL PO­LIT­I­CAL IN­TER­ESTS

The foun­da­tion of ev­ery state is the ed­u­ca­tion of its youth. Dio­genes Greek philoso­pher

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