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Parents body demands closure of all secondary schools to stem unrest

Parents are now calling for brief closure of all secondary schools to avert tension and unrest currently being experienced in many institutions.

Kenya Private Schools Association national secretary Charles Owoko Ochome on Tuesday urged the ministry of Education to take the bold move and allow boards of management, parents and teachers to discuss the underlying issues.

Mr Ochome asked parents in Nyanza, which has been the worst hit region in the unrest, should support the idea so as to have time with their children for an amicable solution to the problems.

CONTAGIOUS

“The fire incidences and unrest is now becoming contagious. The right thing to do now is close schools even on a short notice and call boards, PTAs and parents to sit down and talk to the children,” Mr Ochome.

“The students need to be told its expensive to burn the schools, rebuilding takes time and that this burdens parents already hit by economic difficulties.”

Kisumu County Kuppet Executive Secretary Zablon Awange also said the Ministry of Education should consider giving another week half term to all boarding schools as they investigate the real causes of the unrests.

“This should be done without beating about the bush on the fires and unrests. We should never catch the shadow and lose the substance again,” he said.