, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 19 – Education Minister Mutula Kilonzo has come out in defence of demands by schoolgirls that they be allowed to wear miniskirts.
He said that the reaction was a manifestation that the education sector was still being governed by outdated rules and regulations.
“I am in total agreement with them (students). Why do you dress a schoolgirl like a nun? These girls do not want to be nuns; they want to be modern like Mutula!” said Kilonzo.
On Monday last week, learning at Rwathia Girls Secondary School in Kangema district was disrupted after students went on strike demanding to wear miniskirts.
Kilonzo said that the ministry was in the process of changing the Education Act that has been in force since 1968.
The minister who spoke at Chelilis Girls High School, in Bureti during the District Education Day however cautioned students not to resort to strikes whenever they need issues affecting them to be addressed.
“We will make smart uniforms but if you do not like the uniform do not break the windows or someone’s legs; talk to us we will look into it,” said the minister.
Kilonzo said that the government will employ 20,000 teachers this financial year. He revealed that teachers employed by the school Board of Governors shall be given priority during the teachers’ recruitment.
He insisted that the government should comply with the order of the High Court in Nakuru that requires the government to pay pension to retired teachers.
The over 52,000 former teachers are demanding their accrued pension from 1997 to 2012 totalling Sh34 billion.