Here’s a word of advice for the President and Opposition

We are all aware that a few important issues need to be tackled more successfully in Kenya. One is the need to have the Opposition more contented.

Unfortunately, it only seems to see shortcomings in the government. Someone would call this negativity that kills initiative and hard work.

One way of bringing the Government and the Opposition closer is by bringing the main leaders of the different opposition parties into government to be directly involved in developing Kenya.

It is not enough to go around the country telling different communities that the government will serve all regions equally and actually improve services there without involving their leaders.

The second point is on teachers. Wasn’t there an agreed commitment by the government on their pay? Shouldn’t this have been given preference when drawing up the national budget?

Shouldn’t the government fulfil its basic commitment to its people? It is obvious that basic education is key to any country’s development.

Do school principals check on teachers? And do they have power to reward teachers’ professionalism? Presently, there is a Bill in Parliament to tackle this.

My suggestion about public school teachers for the future is to privatise public schools in places where parents can pay a modest amount of money, and therefore demand accountability from teachers and administrators.

The government can help them to get this started.

By: doing this, the State would have a much smaller wage bill, and would thus be able to take good care of schools in which parents cannot pay anything at all or can pay very little.

Mr President, it is not enough to offer infrastructure and technical solutions.

We need you to be a master of good relationships too, to make everyone feel respected and treated fairly.

This looks particularly necessary in Kenya, a nation of nations.

Then your government will go down in history as one that did a wonderful job.

SOURCE: DAILY NATION