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Parent protests after Embu school forces learner to repeat class

Tuesday January 28 2020

Kagaari Primary School in Embu County where a

Kagaari Primary School in Embu County where a seventeen-year-old boy was forced to repeat class against Ministry of Education policy, on January 28, 2020. PHOTO | GEORGE MUNENE | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

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A primary school in Embu is on the spot for forcing a 17-year-old boy to repeat a class.

The boy was supposed to proceed to Class Eight this year at Kagaari Primary School but was compelled to go back to Class Seven for performing poorly in last year's end-of-term examination.

He scored 195 marks out of 500 and could not be allowed to proceed to the next class. It is against the Ministry of Education policy to force a learner to repeat.

MOTHER PROTESTED

The boy's mother protested the school administration's decision and called for urgent government intervention.

She said her son was growing old while in primary school and may get frustrated and drop out of school.

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"My son was forced to repeat classes two, five and six. He is supposed to be in secondary school by now," she said.

Runyenjes Sub-County Director of Education Francis Munyeke admitted that it is illegal to force pupils to repeat classes.

POLICY

"Even if the pupil does not do well in internal school tests, he should be allowed to proceed to the next class," he said.

Mr Munyeke said he will visit the school and ensure the boy is assisted.

He said the Ministry does not encourage learners to repeat classes and warned that teachers who flout the policy will be disciplined.

Embu County Principal Education Officer Grace Mugu told the school to adhere to the education policy.

"It appears the school is formulating its own policy and this is illegal. We don't want any learning institution to frustrate children who are willing to learn," she said.

The school's headteacher, Lawrence Gatumu, could not be reached for comment as he was reportedly out of the office.

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