School mettings banned by CS Magoha

Education Cabinet Secretary, Professor George Magoha, has banned a number of events within schools compounds. Magoha says schools have allowed a number of meetings to be carried out in their compounds, against the Ministry’s directives.

“It has come to the attention of the Ministry of Education that various groups of people are targeting schools as venues for holding unauthorised meetings.” Says CS Magoha.

Magoha says ‘by holding the meetings at the school facilities, the groups are exposing learners to the dangers of COVID-19 as many of the attendees do not comply with the Ministry of Health guidelines on COVID-19.’

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In 2016, the then Education CS Dr. Fred Matiang’i  banned all non-academic events in schools during third term to curb examination malpractice. Matiang’i then issued an order banning candidates from proceeding to mid-term breaks and barred the traditional practice of prayer days that were conducted weeks before the examination.

Matiang’i had announced that the Ministry had banned midterms, visiting days, prayers’ day and all other social activities during schools’ third term.

CS Magoha has now put all school compounds to be out of bounds to ‘outsiders’ warning firm action will be taken against individuals or groups found to be flouting this ban.

“The Ministry is, therefore, notifying all Kenyans that school compounds and facilities are out of bounds and cannot be used to host unauthorised meetings.” He says

“Let us all allow our learners to progress with their normal activities without exposing them to dangers of COVID-19.” Magoha adds.

Burial ceremonies and public rallies that would happen in schools were banned by CS Matiang’i; during his tenure as the Education Cabinet Secretary.

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