Kenya Education Ministry maintains ban on holiday tuition including weekends (Sabbath)

"The Extension of curriculum delivery into break, lunch, after school, weekends and during holidays is an unacceptable way of providing education because it deprives the children the opportunity to relax and learn social skills through interactions among themselves and with adults".1 min


In August last year, the government of Kenya directed county education officials to ensure that schools do not conduct holiday tuition and urged parents to report those breaking the law to authorities.

A number of parents had confirmed that schools were compelling them to pay holiday tuition fees despite the ban.

Prof Kaimenyi had directed county directors of education to take appropriate action, including notifying the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Keriako Tobiko, against schools that did not heed the directive.

He maintained that holiday tuition is outlawed under Section 37 of the Basic Education Act, 2012.

Any person who  contravenes the provision commits an offence and is liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding Sh100,000 or to imprisonment for a period not exceeding one year or to both. Read more here

Now, the Ministry of Education has issued a circular to all principals, headteachers and directors of private schools reminding them of the ban at the start of the first term.

The circular reads

RE: BANNING OF HOLIDAY TUITION

The Ministry of Education circular Ref. MOE/GEN/G/11/4, Ban of Holiday Tuition in all Basic Learning Institutions remain and should be implemented at all levels.

The circular reads in part, “The Extension of curriculum delivery into break, lunch, after school, weekends and during holidays is an unacceptable way of providing education because it deprives the children the opportunity to relax and learn social skills through interactions among themselves and with adults”.

The Purpose of this letter is to request you to ensure that no such tuition takes place in your school.

Any school found going contrary to the contents of this circular with be dealt with in accordance with the law.

The Circular was signed by the Sub County Director of Education for Githunguri County, Muchiri C.N.

Kenya like a majority of the world has a weekend made up of Saturday and Sunday. Saturday is the Sabbath day.

Last year, the Education Ministry had issued a warning to principals against issuing any exams or classes on Sabbath. Kenya Education CS says Adventists Students Should NOT Be Allowed In School On Saturdays

With this ban, all Adventists in Kenya will now be able to honor God’s Sabbath without fear of loosing out on classes or exams that are scheduled on Sabbath.


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