By Obegi Malack
Kajiado County Governor Joseph Ole Lenku has protested the plan by Ministry of Education to abolish boarding primary schools for grades one to nine.
The governor who was speaking during Jamhuri Day celebrations in Kajiado on December 12, said the move will disadvantage learners in pastoralist communities.
He said boarding schools secure learners from retrogressive cultures such as Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), early marriages and pregnancies that affect their education.
The county boss said learners travel for long to access education and this exposes them to sex predators.
Basic Education Principal secretary for Basic Education Dr Belio Kipsang had said the real reason the government wants to do away with boarding schools is to make education affordable, the PS said the government prefers day schooling for junior secondary.
“We are not abolishing anything since 96% of our primary schools which will host JSS are already day schools,” the PS had said during opening ceremony of the 18th Kenya Primary School Heads Association (KEPSHA) and he was talking about the policy of reducing the number of public boarding schools.
The Kenya Private Schools Association chairman (KPSA) Charles Ochome had said the PS Dr Kipsang was misquoted and the government will only abolish the boarding schools after public participation.
Kajiado County KPSA representative Peter Waweru had rejected the move, he said distance between schools in Kajiado is long and learners will not be able to have time to study.
He said the government should advice the schools on how to solve challenges in boarding schools than abolishing them.