The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Clerics Wants Church to Run Faith-Based Schools, Accuses MPs of Ill Intentions

Some clergymen have opposed a section of the Education Bill 2011 seeking to stop churches from running schools.

The Bishop of Africa Gospel Church Kenya, Robert Langat, said the bill is suicidal to the future of faith-based education institutions because it is trying to undo the Education Act of 1968 which gave powers to churches to run the schools they have founded.

"This is not good and will lead us to darkness," said the bishop during the Bomet county prayer day at the council's premises on Saturday.

Langat urged MPs to amend the section which is trying to eliminate the church's role in education. "The country's education will be doomed by the bill if it is passed without amendments to ensure the church retains the powers they have to run schools," he said.

Langat said MPs are taking advantage of the fact that the evangelical church lacks an umbrella body to voice their concerns. "Just because we lack a vibrant body to face issues such as the bill, we shall not sit and watch leaders mutilate things the way they want without consulting relevant authorities like the church," he added.

However, Chepalungu MP Isaac Rutto allayed their fears saying the bill can still be amended. He asked the clergy to forward the amendments they want done to the bill through their MPs ahead of the third reading in Parliament. "It is never late for any amendment," said Rutto

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