The office of the Commission on Administrative of Justice has hit out at Education CS George Magoha, accusing him of failing to provide leadership.
Chairperson Florence Kajuju on Thursday said the Education ministry has failed to provide clear information on resumption of learning across the country.
She said the minister has constantly issued new directives.
“The minister is not offering guidance to parents, teachers and learners. The right to education is a socio-economic right provided for in the Constitution and the fact that there is a pandemic should not frustrate the enjoyment of this right,” Kajuju said.
She added, “Can the minister up his game and let the public know what he has planned for the learners because under whatever circumstances the rights of the child have not been suspended.”
Kajuju said clear guidance and communication will prevent unnecessary anxiety among stakeholders, especially the parents and learners.
She said though the ministry has been vocal on the introduction of community learning, details on its execution have not been clearly articulated.
“It is must be noted that many learners are disadvantaged where online instruction has been implemented, the same can be said of learners with special needs. Thus the commission is of the view that any interventions being implemented must not leave any learner behind,” Kajuju said.
She said the ministry ought to put strategies and infrastructure in place to facilitate resumption of learning as soon as is practical in full compliance with existing public health protocols.
On Wednesday, the ministry released guidelines that would be followed for community learning.
Teacher Service Commission CEO Nancy Macharia in a notice said the guidelines follow extensive consultation with all stakeholders in the education sector.
She said the community learning programme will play a key role as a means of teachers engaging with learners during the current Covid-19 period.
“The commission has directed that all teachers under its employment shall undertake community-based learning programme without charging parents with effect from August 12 until further notice,” the notice read.
Macharia said the objective of the programme is to engage learners in productive activities with a view to acquiring basic knowledge related to the pandemic and other practical life skills.
“You are expected to work seamlessly as a team and put in place strategies to coordinate, monitor and supervise the teaching and learning at the sub-county and zonal level,” Macharia said.
In the three-point guidelines, all teachers employed by the commission have been directed to register with the Curriculum Support Officers and Sub County Directors within zones and sub-county where they are currently staying by end of August 12.