Govt asked to halt implementation of education taskforce report

Ugunja MP Opiyo Wandayi.

National Assembly minority leader Opiyo Wandayi has asked the government to stop the implementation of the People’s Working Party on Education Reforms (PWPER) report recommendations.

The Ugunja constituency legislator noted that the implementation of the education taskforce report was in contravention of the country’s constitution as it was not presented in Parliament before being implemented.

He thus called for the immediate halt of the report’s implementation until Parliament approves it.

“We have an insensitive government hell-bent on killing our education system. For this report to work, the two houses must be allowed to interrogate its contents and make amendments or we reject it in totality,” he said.

Wandayi made the remarks at Ugunja Technical and Vocational College (TVC) where he opined that the task force seemed to have engaged in re-designing the Kenyan constitution against the laid-down procedures.

“This task force gave funny recommendations. They even want the running of ECDEs reverted to the national government, which is a move to try and amend the Constitution through dubious means sponsored by the government to starve counties of resources. This must be resisted,” he said.

He also termed the latest directive by the government requiring school fee payment to be done through the eCitizen platform as a move with sinister intentions.

He also warned against the emerging trend of communities storming schools and attacking teachers over poor performance advising that proper channels of addressing such grievances exist.

By Erick Nyayiera

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