4 February 2013

Kenya: Form One Selection to Begin Today

EDUCATION minister Mutula Kilonzo launches form one selection today amid calls for holiday tuition to enable schools make up for lost time due to election disruptions.

Kenya National Union of Teachers national chairman, Wilson Sossion said weekend and holiday tuition will help schools catch up on the syllabus. He said form ones will be in school for a month and will not be able to cover the syllabus.

Mutula banned tuition in public and private schools in August and threatened defiant school boards' with dissolution. But Sossion said: "There is need to allow tuition as the only way to recover lost time."

Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers chairman Omboko Milemba speaking separately said if the ministry cares about the children's right to education, it should allow the extra tuition.

It has been a tradition for KCPE to be released immediately after Christmas and the launch of the form one selection done at the start of January. The process is completed by the end of January. This year's delay was occasioned by the one-month teachers' strike last September.

The first form ones are likely to report to school in mid-February with the last group set to report on February 28. This is the same date that schools must close for half term that will last up to March 7 to allow the March 4 general elections to take place.

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