The government is not planning to postpone national exams because according to Education CS George Magoha, children are taking online courses.
Is Magoha really living in Kenya, or he has just landed from another planet? In past events, Magoha has passionately recounted about how he came from a poor background and how a well-wisher helped him realise his dream of being a surgeon after sponsoring his education at Starehe Boys.
In an ideal world, the CS should have known that there are thousands of kids out there with potential but unlike him, they don’t have sponsors to enable them to realise their dreams. As the Education CS, he is supposed to ensure these kids have a chance in life.
Claiming that every kid has access to online education is betraying millions of children from poor backgrounds. Early this year, Magoha spearheaded the government’s initiative of the 100% form one transition. He was pictured in some of the forgotten slums in Kisumu and Nairobi where he met very poor students with only a dream. Did he see phones, tablets, iPads and computers in the homes he visited?
The truth is, most Kenyans cannot afford to feed their kids, how are they supposed to buy data? COVID-19 has made it impossible for parents to get out there and make a living, that is why the government is providing funds to cushion poor Kenyans from the effects of the virus.
Unfortunately, it is the poor Kenyans who have the most kids in this country. Education is supposed to be an equalizing factor, but it ceases to be if it starts being delivered through the Internet. Magoha is killing the future of these kids.
Here are the stories making headlines on Opera News:
Police Beat Health Worker During Curfew
A family in Kisii County is seeking justice after a medic, who is their kin, was attacked by security officers.
The medics father, Hezron Omayio, narrated that his son, James Atogo, was attacked while he was headed home.
Omayio stated that his son, a Kisii Municipality Public Health Officer, was delivering drugs to a patient during curfew hours when the incident took place.
Leave Ruto Alone, Kalenjin Elders Tell Kikuyu Counterparts
Some elders from Kerio Valley in Elgeyo Marakwet have hit back at their Kikuyu counterparts for criticising DP William Ruto for ‘reigniting 2022 succession politics’.
Chairman Minanyang Lochinga and secretary Joel Kimaiyo told the Kikuyu Council of Elders led by Wachira Kiago (chairman) and secretary general Peter Munga to keep off the activities of the Deputy President.
Kiago and Munga blasted Ruto for allegedly engaging in 2022 politics in the wake of coronavirus.
COVID-19: Kenya May Rule Out Mass Testing
The Health Ministry under Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe may soon rule out mass testing as the country experiences a shortage of swabs and reagents globally.
The swab is thin — less than three millimetres in diameter at its tip and is a small piece of soft material used to collect a sample.
On Sunday, April 19, Health CAS Mercy Mwangangi detailed that the ministry had hatched a new testing prioritisation strategy as they shifted to frontline health workers and Coronavirus hot spots. This is even as random mass testing had begun in densely populated areas such as Kibra, Nairobi.
Tanzania recorded a whooping 87 new COVID-19 cases on Monday, taking its total number of cases to 257. If the President Pombe Magufuli led country continues to record these huge numbers, then it is only a matter of days before it surpasses Kenya. Do you think Kenya should help her neighbour fight the virus?