Ban­ning all tu­ition on hol­i­day is un­fair, op­tions needed

The Star (Kenya) - - News -

The gov­ern­ment ap­pears hell-bent on ef­fect­ing the ban on hol­i­day tu­ition, in­clud­ing at pri­vate res­i­dences. Al­though it is true chil­dren need time to rest and play, this can still be done in schools. There is no rea­son the same shouldn’t con­tinue dur­ing hol­i­days, as long as it is the wish of the par­ents/guardians and the learn­ers them­selves. The prob­lem how­ever is that ad­min­is­tra­tors ban­ning tu­ition and the pres­ence of chil­dren in learn­ing in­sti­tu­tions have not given vi­able al­ter­na­tives. These in­sti­tu­tions are more of­ten than not the only places with play­grounds for the chil­dren to in­ter­act and play. This is es­pe­cially true in slums and ru­ral ar­eas. The ques­tion is, what are the al­ter­na­tives of­fered by those send­ing po­lice of­fi­cers and ed­u­ca­tion of­fi­cers to ha­rass, in­tim­i­date and ar­rest peo­ple go­ing about the busi­ness of keep­ing our kids mean­ing­fully en­gaged dur­ing this long hol­i­day?

JOB MO­MANYI Via email

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