Education Cabinet Secretary Ezekiel Machogu has banned headteachers from using examination papers featuring portraits or names of politicians.
Cs Machogu emphasized the inappropriateness of involving innocent children in political pursuits, noting the prevalent practice where politicians leverage children to influence their parents.
The Education Cs singled out on Kakamega Governor Fernandes Barasa, whom he accused of issuing early childhood development and education (ECDE) examination papers carrying his photo.
The ministry nullified the exams in Kakamega, attributing it to potential negative motives aimed at pressuring students and parents.
Mr. Machogu clarified that a politician’s photo or name has no relevance to the examinations.
In Kisii County, Governor Simba Arati also issued school bags with his portrait to students.
Governor Arati expressed disappointment in the directive, suggesting it might be politically motivated against his Elimu na Simba program.
Arati highlighted that children have received branded items from politicians and corporations over the years and questioned the timing of the directive.
“It is unfortunate that they are planning to stop the children’s happiness after receiving the bags for their own selfish reasons,” He stated.
In early 2022, former Education Cs George Magoha, banned the issuance of success cards featuring politicians’ names or photos to national exams candidates.
Magoha asked headteachers to ensure the destruction of such cards, emphasizing that children should be kept away from political influences.
Machogu’s directive comes amid an ongoing dispute between the national government and counties regarding the management of ECDE centers, following the implementation of proposals from the Presidential Working Group on Education Reforms (PWPER).