Forcing expectant pupils back to class is insensitive

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What you need to know:

  • School is important but it can wait.
  • Their babies also need to be breastfed and cared for.

Expectant pupils • School is important but it can wait, says Job Momanyi, rejecting the directive to have expectant pupils and those who have just given birth forced back to class. “This is insensitive and inhuman. These children are traumatised and physically not in the right frame. Their babies also need to be breastfed and cared for. I don't understand how chiefs can do this.” His contact is jobmomanyi@yahoo.com.

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Social distancing • After reopening, schools are facing serious challenges, especially ensuring that pupils maintain the one-metre social distancing rule, says Eric Ambuche. “Education CS George Magoha is advising headteachers to use trees in the schools. This will not be easy during cold or hot weather. They should provide more hand-washing points as children like to play.” His contact is ericambuche.50@gmail.com.

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Engineering students • As learning resumes, James Githinji says the engineering students should visit road construction projects by Chinese firms, including the Nairobi Expressway, to gain more knowledge. “Observing the work on the expressway from Mlolongo to James Gichuru Road should improve their skills. Hopefully, the next projects will be done by local contractors.” His contact is jgithinji2012@gmail.com.

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NTSA • The National Transport and Safety Authority is sleeping on the job, says Charles Ikiara, echoing a grouse about the speeding and reckless drivers of miraa/miguka vans in central Kenya. “Are they above the law? The vehicles crisscross seven counties daily, being dangerously driven. Why are police and NTSA silent? They should act to avert accidents.” His contact is charlesikiara15@gmail.com.

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Landlords • Tenants should know that landlords let their houses to earn a living and support their families and employees, including property managers, says Jesse Kihoro. “Richard Ratemo, who complained about his landlady disconnecting his water and electricity, should look for a cheaper house,” advises Jesse, a property manager, valuer and real estate consultant. His contact is jekihoro@gmail.com. 

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