Education Cabinet Secretary Ezekiel Machogu announced that the government would not abolish Boarding schools.
Machogu made it clear that there are currently no plans to do away with boarding schools while he presided over the release of form one placement at the Kenya Institute for Curriculum Development (KICD) on Monday, January 16.
Machogu, however, stressed that boarding schools should incorporate day activities in order to cut costs.
An additional benefit, according to the CS, is that more students will be able to participate in the CBC’s educational programs.
“I encourage all boarding schools to implement day wings in order to increase access and reduce educational costs, which is also consistent with the CBC,” Machogu stated
The CS also mentioned that students who are enrolled in the National Education Management Information System will receive medical coverage from the government in an effort to make the delivery of education more streamlined.
Machogu said this would keep students in boarding schools more at ease and cut down on the amount of money their families would have to spend on medical treatment.
“We will also provide sanitary products to the learners to reduce cost and ensure that they are comfortable in school,” Machogu added.
On Tuesday, December 6, Principal Secretary of Basic Education Belio Kipsang made the announcement that children in grades 1 through 9 would no longer be required to stay in boarding schools. He stated that the plan would become operational in the early part of 2023.
“The only way to be with our children is through day schooling, so we must find a way to implement that,” Kipsang noted.
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