NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 18 – Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i has assured the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) candidates at the closed Ahero Girls High School that they will sit their national examinations scheduled to start in two weeks.
Matiang’i who was replying to a query by Nyando MP Fred Outa at the National Assembly Committee on Education on Tuesday caused uproar when he stressed the need for leaders not to use education to drive their political agenda.
The Education CS indicated that the ministry had the situation at the school under control and stated the need for all stakeholders to support all efforts to bring normalcy.
“A lot of funny things have happened around that school for a long period of time. So we are aware of what is going on and we are in control of the situation. Let us do our work as public officers, we will come before you and we will answer your questions,” he stated.
He explained that the right decision was made in closing the school since it was done in the spirit of consultations.
“At the moment, the right decisions have been made and we are acting in consultation with others including the church that has sponsored that school so let us move ahead and do the right thing and let us not mix politics with education,” he said.
His statement was not taken lightly by Outa who pointed out that despite being the elected representative of his people, he was not involved in the decision to close the school.
“In all these things that you have consulted, is there any information that I as a Member of Parliament in that area has been given or has been consulted? Or now because I am a politician, the situation is that because I am a politician, I should stay away from this because I am playing politics?” he asked.
Ahero Girls High School was closed indefinitely after students went on a rampage to protest against the interdiction of their principal who is alleged to have embezzled funds.
Outa who had visited the school was roughed up by the security personnel who had accompanied government officers to the school.
This is the third interdiction of the principal, after the Teachers Service Commission reversed two earlier interdictions.