10,000 children out of school as closures invite parents’ anger

From left: Alternative Provision of Basic Education and Training member Benson Ambuga, Kenya Alliance of Non-Formal Schools Welfare Association National chairman Allan Masika and his Treasurer Rose Wanyama address the press at Jukwaa Lounge in Nairobi on October 3, 2019 concerning the closure of ill-fated private schools. They say the directive has disadvantaged many pupils. PHOTO | SALATON NJAU | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • Parents have complained about long distances to the schools, which are also grappling with a biting teacher shortage that has plagued the sector for years.
  • Parents who spoke to the Nation said they prefer private schools because they are near their homes and have fewer learners.

More than 10,000 learners have been ordered out of dilapidated schools ordered shut by the government in a countrywide crackdown on unsafe institutions.

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