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Joe Mungai, Thika KNUT Secretary shows part of a dilapidated roof at General Kago Primary School made of asbestos. Photo/James Wakahiu

Conflicting laws threatening education, says KNUT boss

By James Wakahiu.

Thika Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) branch wants the education system in the country harmonised to help create a healthy learning environment, especially in public primary schools.
Executive Secretary, Joe Mungai says there are conflicts in the Education sector resulting from the country’s 2010 Constitution.
He said for instance, that primary school education fall under the National government while within the same institutions heads are expected to handle issues of pre-primary education which is under the devolved governance.
The official was speaking to reporters after the launch of Thika West public primary schools hand washing campaign at General Kago Primary School.
Mungai cited, as an example, a case of General Kago Primary School where the roofs were made of asbestos which has been declared cancerous by the World Health Organisation (WHO).
“Health being a devolved function and education falling under the national government, who will the head teacher go to for assistance to protect these kids from being exposed to the danger of getting cancer? The MP or the governor?” he asked.

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