Education CS Ezekiel Machogu has announced that the scheduled protests will not be permitted to disrupt the school calendar.
During his visit to Kihumbuini Primary School in Kangemi on Friday, Machogu appealed to the Azimio la Umoja Coalition to call off their anti-government protests so as to allow school activities to proceed as planned.
“We are appealing to our brothers and sisters who are organizing these (Protests) to desist from doing so because whatever issues we have we can be able to resolve the issues in a much more amicable manner than resulting in protests,” he said.
“Children should be able to come to school as usual because the government will ensure enough measures are put in place so that there will be no interference in the schools program.”
On Wednesday over 50 pupils from the Kangemi based school were rushed to hospital after the police lobbed teargas in their classroom.
The teargas canister was allegedly thrown into the classroom by police officers who were dispersing residents who turned up for the Azimio protests.
While condemning the orchestrators of the violent protests, Machogu called for peace especially near learning and medical institutions.
Furthermore, Machogu advised Kenyans to abstain from participating in the protests to prevent any further damage to property and loss of lives.
In response to overwhelming public demand, the Azimio La Umoja One Kenya coalition party, led by Raila Odinga, announced that the demonstrations will be extended for three days starting next Wednesday.
Odinga asserted that the protests will proceed irrespective of whether the government grants a permit.
“We will have countrywide protests next week on Wednesday whether the government likes it or not,” he said.