School children will not attend political rallies – Governor Muriithi

The Laikipia Governor, Nderitu Muriithi has affirmed his ban on children attending political rallies.

Nderitu said the Children’s Act and other relevant Acts related to children have clear guidelines on children participation in events.

He noted it is not fair to remove children from class and engage them in songs to entertain audiences at public meetings.

The County Education Board will soon issue a circular to schools as a reminder of the guidelines concerning children participation in events, Nderitu noted.

The governor welcomed the ongoing debate concerning an incident where he reprimanded pupils of Tharua primary school for presenting a request for construction of toilets through a song.

I welcome all stake holders to the debate, however it should be a sober debate without naming debaters for their different points of view, he added.

He said his government is supporting the school in renovating a building for children with special needs after the county government received a letter from the administration requesting for the same, a communication channel that the administration should have used instead of using the children.

He also welcomed the ongoing contributions for the school through WhatsApp by well-wishers, saying it will help the school to construct other structures such as dormitory, library among others.

The debate has generated different views nationally in social media, and it was an agenda at an Education Board meeting.

The Education Board Chairperson, Ms. Hellen Gathogo said the incident was an eye opener, and will inform on education policy matters.

We are sending circulars to all schools that no child should be allowed to attend political meetings without permission from the education office, she said.

Source: Kenya News Agency