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Govt launches probe into arson cases in secondary schools

The decision was made after the Cabinet Secretary for Education Fred Matiang'i, held a consultative meeting with the Teachers Service Commission and officials of the Kenya National Union of Teachers in Mombasa/FILE

The decision was made after the Cabinet Secretary for Education Fred Matiang’i, held a consultative meeting with the Teachers Service Commission and officials of the Kenya National Union of Teachers in Mombasa/FILE

NAIROBI, Kenya, June 22 – The government is set to launch investigations into the spate of arson attacks that have hit secondary schools in recent days.

The decision was made after the Cabinet Secretary for Education Fred Matiang’i, held a consultative meeting with the Teachers Service Commission and officials of the Kenya National Union of Teachers in Mombasa.

The notion that school unrest was attributable to the extension of second term was dismissed since schools had experienced students’ riots even when the calendar had not been varied in any way.

Matiang’i hailed the signing of Collective Bargaining Agreement between TSC and KNUT, saying it will create the industrial peace necessary for delivery of efficient and effective educational services to Kenya’s children.

The CS said consultations would help the government and stakeholders address the challenges facing the sector in atmosphere of mutual trust and respect.

Matters touching on curriculum reform, availability of instructional materials for learners, the need to provide credible national examinations to candidates in primary and secondary schools, and effective auditing of school finances were some of the issues that were also discussed.

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