May 30th 2017

Opinion / Commentaries

Politician-funded exams fiasco calls for total ban on politics in schools

These campaign strategies are obscene. The idea of taking political campaigns to schools is ill-advised. A good leader is an individual who understands clearly the boundaries of political campaigns and scrupulously adheres to them.

By Soilan Kenanaskenana@kenyafreepress.comFriday, 14 Oct 2016 18:19 EAT

In a bid to win the next general elections, aspirants have come up with, let’s call it absurd, ways of running their campaigns. A few days ago, Siaya county Governor Cornell Rasanga printed his portrait on Siaya county KCPE mock examination papers. He has been heavily censured nationally. Thankfully, the CS for Education, Mr Fred Matiang’i cancelled the examinations, ordered their immediate withdrawal and interdicted a number of senior officers in the Ministry’s County Education office.

Even before the dust has even settled on Rasanga’s infamy, Sylvanus Osoro, an aspiring member of parliament for South Mugirango constituency in Kisii County similarly soils himself. He prints his name on Standard 8 examination papers claiming to be saving parents the cost, with the caption: "Aspiring MP - South Mugirango Constituency 2017". It is very sad and immoral for   these political players to involve our children in their petty duels.

Kenyans must realize that our collective future hinges upon the kind of education that our children access. We must never let these self-seekers defile it, in pursuit of their myopic political goals. These campaign strategies are obscene. The idea of taking political campaigns to schools is ill-advised. A good leader is an individual who understands clearly the boundaries of political campaigns and scrupulously adheres to them. To stop these unwanted intrusions, the government,through the Education ministry must come up with clear guidelines and/or sanctions on political interference.

As we’re all aware, politicians only care about themselves and their accession to or retention of power; without  a heavy hand must be brought to discourage these misadventures in the education field. They must be told in no uncertain terms to keep off. Our schools do not need their tainted “sponsorships”.

This “examination papers scam” is a clear manifestation that our politicians will stop at nothing in pursuit of their goals, even defiling the innocence of the young minds who are the future of our beloved country.

We must never tire in telling them to KEEP OFF.

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