Kalonzo calls for further consultations before reopening schools

Wiper Democratic Movement Leader Hon Kalonzo Musyoka has advised the Ministry of Education and the task force working on modalities to re-open schools to be bold enough to take the hard decisions for the safety of Kenyan Child.

Kalonzo says that as a former Education Minister, his opinion is that children from remote areas have no access to digital learning and that subjecting them to exams with the rest who have been privileged to access digital learning will amount to marginalizing the already marginalized children.

The Wiper Leader further urged the Cabinet Secretary and the Head of Covid-19 Education Response Committee to reach out to all stake holders and strike a balance on all issues education.
“I urge the Cabinet Secretary for Education, Prof. George Magoha, as well as the Head of Covid-19 Education Response Committee, Dr. Sarah Ruto, to reach out to the leadership of the Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT), the Universities Academic Staff Union (UASU), and the Kenya Human Rights Commission, for an amicable solution to the stalemate concerning the re-opening dates and other related modalities“. Noted Kalonzo

Kalonzo says a standoff on the modalities of re-opening schools will greatly affect the already affected children.

“I make this call particularly for the sake of the millions of our pupils and students who stand to lose heavily if the brinkmanship and grandstanding between the two sides continues. Surely, they can come to a compromise and spare our young learners the push and pull, otherwise, it will be the grass (learners) who will suffer as the two bulls fight!“ Kalonzo advised.

On Matters water, the Wiper Leader has send a message of condolence and comfort to the families who have lost their loved ones in the ongoing floods noting that the Country has lost more people to it that even COVID 19.

“On one hand, it has brought death and destruction, with more than 200 lives lost and thousands of homes destroyed. I relay my heartfelt condolences to all of you Kenyans who have lost family members, friends and/or relatives. Be comforted!“ Said Kalonzo.

Kalonzo however says the rains have filled to capacity all the dams that supply the essential commodity to the City and wonders why Kenyans are still suffering due to lack of this important commodity in the Capital.

“There is no reason whatsoever not to provide the vital commodity to the city, particularly in informal settlements where most city residents live. Supply of adequate clean water to such settlements will, apart from helping keep Covid-19 at bay, provide a buffer against water-borne diseases such as cholera and dysentery.“ said the Wiper Leader.

Closely related to the rains, Kalonzo said Kenya relies heavily on Hyro electricity and thus with all the dams full to the brim, Kenyans should feel the relief of lower electricity bills.

“Given the robust state of our hydro-electric reservoirs, there is no reason why electricity tariffs should remain the same as they were three months ago, a further relief on electricity costs would really be most welcome by wananchi“. Said Kalonzo.

He noted with appreciation the recent move by the Energy and Petroleum Regulatory Authority (EPRA) to reduce the cost of diesel about a fortnight ago, following his earlier call for the same to be effected. The move to reduce diesel prices he says preceded by another reduction of petrol prices, are great steps that have gone a long way towards relieving Kenyans of the huge financial burden exacerbated by the Corona virus disease.

The Wiper Leader made the remarks yesterday when he received more food donations from Makueni and Kitui County Assemblies to the KMF FOOD BASKET initiative, a program by the Kalonzo Musyoka Foundation (KMF) in their Karen offices. The food will be forwarded to the Covid 19 Emergency Response Fund for distribution.