Education Cabinet Secretary Ezekiel Machogu has confirmed that the government has no plans to abolish boarding schools.
CS Machogu while releasing the 2022 Form One Selection results reported that the government had reviewed the initial proposal to do away with boarding schools.
“We are not abolishing boarding schools. We have to expand day schools because they are able to accommodate more,” Machogu said.
This announcement comes as a relief for parents who were against the decision to ban boarding schools. Machogu further noted that the state understands why most parents take their learners to boarding schools.
“We have parents who keep moving because of their jobs and so their children cannot be in day schools,” CS Machogu said.
Nevertheless, Early Learning and Basic Education PS Belio Kipsang in December 2022 revealed that the government would roll out a radical policy shift in January 2023. The policy shift according to the PS would see boarding schools abolished.
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Moreover, Kipsang directed that parents will have to take their primary school children to day schools.
According to the PS, parents have the primary responsibility as first educators to walk with their children and ensure they acquire the right values.
“We must create a way in which we can be with our children and the only way is through day schooling. The first nine years of learning are Grades 1 to 9, and the direction that the government is taking will be day schools,” Kipsang’ said.
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