, NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 29 – Police in Nairobi are holding five teachers who were found conducting holiday tuition at House of Grace Church in Langata, Nairobi.
The arrest follows a tip-off that the teachers had been conducting holiday tuition for three weeks for students from various schools at the church premises.
The Principal Secretary of Education, Dr Belio Kipsang accordingly dispatched a team of Education officers to the school who were accompanied by the police from the Nyayo Stadium Police Post, led by Inspector Agnes Makau.
The teachers were found holding holiday tuition for over 50 students from various schools among them Kabarak High, Sunshine and Loreto Msongari High schools.
The Principal Quality Assurance and Standards Officer, John Okiya addressed the students, urging them to take their luggage and go home until 4th January, 2016 when schools open.
Okiya was accompanied by fellow education officers, Peter Kirika, Francis Kaitany, and Hesbon Nyagaga.
The students were clearly happy at the crackdown on holiday tuition, saying on condition of anonymity that the government should talk to their parents to stop coercing them, “to attend holiday tuition.”
Last week, ministry officials, led by Dr Kipsang, raided Happyland Preparatory School in Nairobi, and had its head teacher arrested for providing holiday tuition.
More than 100 pupils were found confined in one of the school’s dormitories during an impromptu inspection tour by the Education PS.
Under the Section 37(I) of the Basic Education Act, 2013, subjecting pupils to holiday tuition is a crime that attracts a fine of One Hundred Thousand Shillings and/or a jail term not exceeding one (1) year.
Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i has issued a stern warning against teachers who could be still carrying out the exercise saying they will be arrested.