Students of various schools in Uasin Gishu County were today seen going back home in Eldoret town after the ministry of education agents went round to enforce the ban imposed on tuition learning.
Some of the students who spoke to KNA revealed that they had been forced to terminate the extra learning programme after their teachers told them to go back home for fear that the ministry’s agents would catch up with them.
Simon Kiplagat a student from Lelboinet secondary school said, they woke up today just to be told by their head teacher that their tuition which commenced on Monday will not proceed as the school wanted to conform to the education ministry’s directive against tuition learning.
Other students who were seen in the town going back home were from Uasin Gishu high school, Immaculate heart Juniorate school and Hillside secondary school.
Earlier this week Uasin Gishu County Director of Education Rebecca Butalanyi had warned the schools that were planning to continue with the extra learning programme against the same, saying that her office will observe the ministry’s directive to ensure that no such programme is conducted.
Butalanyi said that students need enough rest after they had a much longer second term or else they will suffer from burnout and exhaustion which at the end will hinder their performance in class and even in the national exams starting October.
However, Butalanyi said that her office advocates for remedial learning aimed at achieving syllabus completion and not the commercial tuition done in many schools as per the 2008 ministry of education circular.
Meanwhile, the director pointed out that her office was aware of students wearing civilian clothes while going to school so as not to be noticed by the ministry’s watchdog, and that school administrators who are advocating for the programme will be dealt accordingly by the law.