On Tuesday, March 21, The Kenya Union of Post-Primary Education Teachers (KUPPET) secretary general, Akelo Misori, expressed concerns about the weekly Azimio-led protests in the country.
Speaking to the media, Misori warned that the school calendars would be affected by the protests, which would also disrupt the implementation of the school curriculum.
He noted that many boarding schools were forced to postpone their reopening dates as students could not return to school during the Monday, March 20, protests.
“Already during the pandemic, students did not go to school for nine months, and we had to condense the curriculum when they were finally reopened. “Now that the school calendar is already on, it is likely to be compromised and that will in turn greatly affect the curriculum implementation,” the SG stated
He further raised concerns that the students would encounter the protestors if the demonstration would continue every week, putting their lives at risk.
“It will be disastrous if the demonstrations continue every week, especially for the learners who are in schools because they are very vulnerable,” Misori stated
He also called for the opposition leader, Raila Odinga, to call off the protests to allow the high school and primary school students to continue their education without interruptions.
On Tuesday, March 21, Azimio la Umoja coalition leader Raila Odinga declared nationwide protests every Monday and Thursday beginning Monday, March 27. Raila faulted Nairobi police boss Adamson Bungei over orders given to the police to interfere with the protests adding that they intended to hold peaceful protests.
“That brutality witnessed does not belong to this country. It is more disgusting because the citizens were acting within the provisions of the Constitution. “We had given notice of the intention to march in Nairobi,” stated Raila
Misori noted that interruption of the school calendar could have a detrimental on students’ academic performance especially after being out of school for nine months due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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