Water Minister Charity Ngilu has shared her two cents to the raging debate of what’s best our secondary school girls should wear as school attire. While addressing school heads at her constituency in Kitui early this week, she suggested that trousers would be more presentable to school girls as opposed to what the Education Minister had earlier on remarked. “Wearing skirts for schoolgirls is not the best. They should be allowed to put long trousers as they are more ideal,” Ngilu said. She claimed that trousers were much better than skirts something which was echoed by the Kitui Kenya National Union of Teachers branch secretary Joseph Mukuthu, who also addressed the ceremony. With the skirt debate still generating heated debate from the public, the Education Minister has been asked by some Kenyans to own up his statement or resign over his utterances which haven’t been taken lightly with the members of the clergy as well.
Meanwhile, with the debate still raging on, the tough talking Minister Mutula Kilonzo is at it once again and this time round it’s all about extra tuition. Speaking during the launch of Education for All (EFA) End Decade Assessment, Mutula said, “I have criminalized all extra tuition. The school curriculum can be covered during the normal school days and should not be extended to weekends or during holidays.” The Education Minister has put all teachers on notice and anyone who shall be found offering extra tuition to be prosecuted by law. He cited the whole practice as a scheme used by some teachers to have an economic venture at the expense of the children’s welfare. “These teachers are my friends but I know some of them were using the extra tuition for economic gain,” he added. He assured the school heads that stringent laws and education bills have also been enacted that will see full implementation of the said proposals.
However, he was categorical that standard eight and form four students will be exempted to give them an opportunity to prepare for their final examinations. “The standard eight students and form four students may be exempted to revise for their examinations,” he said. Asked about his latest stand on his comments towards the skirt debate, he was quick to defend himself saying, “A child’s best interests are of paramount importance in every matter concerning the child.” His statement was in reference to Article 52 (2) of the Constitution which he used to further clarify his stand by promising that he shall present a sample of the size of the skirt that he meant. “The skirts they were told to wear were very unreasonable. They were too long and these are girls… they need to be comfortable with their dressing for them to be able to concentrate in class,” he asserted.
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