As primary schools prepare for national examinations later this month, a section of stakeholders in the education sector have expressed fear over possible underperformance of candidates if the opposition does not cease violent protests.
The clergy, parents and teachers are now calling upon the principals of the National Super Alliance (NASA) to call off the demonstrations in the capital Nairobi, Mombasa and the Western city of Kisumu as a way of creating an enabling environment for candidates to study and take their examinations.
Rev. Peter Gitau of the Lords Sanctuary Church in Subukia observed that preparations for the examinations against a back drop of violence was increasingly disconcerting to candidates who had prepared adequately for the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) scheduled to kick off on October 30.
He was speaking on Sunday during a prayer service for 2017 KCPE candidates from the Vision Preparatory School, at the Church.
Rev. Gitau observed that the violent demonstrations triggered by weeks of political grand standing were also negating learning activities in the opposition strong holds, a move he says was bound to compromise education standards in the areas.
Rev. Gitau called for a suspension of the reformists protests until the end of the national examinations calendar to allow candidates a desired conducive environment to undertake their preparations and ultimately the examinations.
A parent, Samuel Thamo, expressed concern at the outcome of this years examinations that he said would be conducted amid widespread unease among citizens.
Thamo called for warring parties on the political front to amicably strike a balance on contentious issues to revert the country to normalcy.
Gitaus sentiment was echoed by teachers from private schools who expressed fear for imminent closure of their schools over the inability of parents to pay school fees for their children on time due to the harsh economic times caused by unflinching protests .
The Head Teacher of Vision Preparatory School, Albert Mwangi said the instability occasioned by incessant political bickering across the political divide was reversing multiple gains that strategic public private partnerships had helped to achieve in the liberalized education sector.
The opposition coalition maintains that it would not relent in its weekly demonstrations aimed at compelling the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission to implement basic electoral reforms that would guarantee the integrity of the October 26 re-run of the Presidential election.
Source: Kenya News Agency