MPs decry the uniform situation in schools, file motion for standardization.
National Assembly MPs decry the uniform situation in schools. This comes after complaints were raised of schools only accepting uniforms that are sold within their premises.
The MPs stated that this schools are so strict with this rule that if a parent dares to buy the same uniform outside the school, they will be returned together with their kid.
This becomes a problem because due to this monopoly, schools retail the uniforms expensively as compared to shops that are selling the same.
Githunguri MP Gathoni Wamuchomba earlier this month, filed a motion that called for standardization of school uniforms.
He argued that the the rising prices of school uniforms are preventing children from going to school, undermining the right to education in Kenya.
MP Gathoni stated,”Some schools demand that parents pay uniform money to specific school accounts, a move that locks out many children whose parents cannot afford.”
“School uniforms keep students focused on education, not clothes, reducing peer pressure and bullying, enhancing school pride, unity and community spirit as they go a long way in contributing to students’ sense of belonging to their school’s population,” he added.
In as much as the Education Cabinet secretary, Ezekiel Machogu stated that no student should be sent home because of school uniform, National Assembly deputy speaker, Gladys Shollei, last month raised that students are stuck at home because of uniforms.
On the same issue was Alai who questioned why Headteachers demanded that students report to school with new uniforms yet the uniform the student has, is in good condition.
He posed,” Why should we be forced to buy when the child’s uniform is still in good condition? Why must we buy from the school?”
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