Holiday tuition ban remains – Kaimenyi

March 27, 2014 12:33 pm
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Cabinet Secretary for Education, Science and Technology, Jacob Kaimenyi ordered that teachers release children for holidays saying that it would stimulate growth for them/FILE
Cabinet Secretary for Education, Science and Technology, Jacob Kaimenyi ordered that teachers release children for holidays saying that it would stimulate growth for them/FILE
NAIROBI, Kenya, March 27 – The government on Thursday warned against April holiday tuition for all primary and secondary schools, terming it illegal.

In a statement, the Cabinet Secretary for Education, Science and Technology, Jacob Kaimenyi ordered that teachers release children for holidays saying that it would stimulate growth for them.

“Teachers should give an opportunity to learners to be exposed to do other things and develop into all rounded children and adults they ought to be.”

“Holiday tuition denies children a chance to learn basic skills like cooking, milking cows or slaughtering a goat,” it read.

“Holiday tuition denies children a chance to learn basic skills like cooking, milking cows or slaughtering a goat,” it read.

A counsellor attached to the Ministry of Education, Ruth Nyambura observed that children learn best through play and use of senses.

“Subjecting small children to extra tuition and denying them the right to play or even depriving them to sleep is counterproductive,” Nyambura noted saying children have low concentration span hence the need to vary teaching methods by incorporating play and other psychomotor skills.

Former Education Minister the late Mutula Kilonzo abolished extra tuition during holidays saying that children should be allowed to engage in extra-curricular activities as the school curriculum can be covered during the normal school days.

“I have criminalised extra tuition; the school curriculum can be covered during the normal school days and should not be extended to weekends or during holidays,” he had said.

He added that children should have their own time. “Children should be left to be children.”

After taking up office, Kaimenyi reiterated that holiday tuition outside the school calendar remains illegal.

Speaking during a meeting with Education County Directors and ministry officials, Kaimenyi said allowing students to go on holiday gives them the chance to learn other life skills outside school.

He stressed that any school head found retaining students during the holidays will be prosecuted.

“Reading or learning all the time reduces children to robots. All those who will retain students in school during the holidays risk prosecution,” he cautioned.

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