Parent files petition seeking to have schools reopened in September this year

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A parent filed a petition on Tuesday seeking to have the government to reopen schools for third term by September 1, 2020.

The petitioner, Joseph Aura, who is a , argued that President Uhuru Kenyatta’s order closing institutions in his Address to the Nation on March 15, 2020 has no legal or constitutional basis.

Mr. Aura also faulted the Ministry of Education for implementing the decision without consulting the National Education Board, respective County Education Boards, parents or learners themselves as provided by Section 5(2)(d) of the Basic Education Act.

“With the greatest respect to him, I believe that such a “State of the Nation Address” made on 15th March 2020 by the President as a platform to close schools and learning institutions across Kenya indefinitely is no better than a roadside declaration, inasmuch as it falls short of the set Constitutional threshold of an Executive Order…”

The petitioner, through his lawyer, also wants Education CS Prof. George Magoha barred from implementing the community-based learning project across the country.