Society / Education
Thursday, 15 Dec 2016 12:28 EATamboleokata@gmail.com
Days after Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) secretary general Wilson Sosion called for the closure of Bridge International Schools, the school chain's national parents association committee has come out guns blazing to defend the institution. Addressing the media in Nakuru on Thursday, the parents’ representatives drawn from across the country defended the Bridge Schools against allegations that it was offering substandard education, was employing untrained and unqualified teachers and was not following the Kenya 8-4-4 education curriculum.
The parents, led by their national association chairperson Khadija Abduba termed as "alarming and false" the claims made by Mr Sosion and published in a section of the media. They said the teachers employed by Bridge Schools were trained, qualified and approved by the Teachers Service Commission (TSC). The teachers use the advanced technology system to teach children in the schools, they said.
At the same time, the parents defended the performance of students in the schools, which they said was above par considering that over 700 students from the schools who sat for last year’s KCPE examinations attained 300 and above marks. They insisted that the schools were teaching Swahili and Kenyan History as opposed to claims made by Mr Sosion about the schools taught American History.
Insisting that Mr Sosion was spreading propaganda about the looming closure of at least 400 Bridge academies nationally, they demanded the KNUT boss to retract his sentiments which they say have psychologically affected many parents, teachers and students across the nation. Mr Sosion had previously called on the Education ministry to close down the schools over what he termed as low quality education being offered to students as well as employment of unqualified teachers.
The writer is contributing reporter for the Kenya Free Press based in Nakuru County