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MPs threaten to block Education Ministry from closing private schools
The MPs, who addressed the media at Parliament on Friday morning, said it is not true that all the schools facing closure have not been licensed but rather it is the ministry of education making it had for some of them to operate.

Earlier this week the ministry of education announced that over 1300 private schools would be closed because they did not have licenses to operate.

 

Today, a section of MPs have declared their opposition to this move by the ministry.

 

The MPs, who addressed the media at Parliament on Friday morning, said it is not true that all the schools facing closure have not been licensed but rather it is the ministry of education making it had for some of them to operate.

 

The MPs have promised to bring the issue to parliament by introducing a motion on the floor of the house because they consider the matter to be one of national importance.

 

The lawmakers also argue that a number of these schools charge a moderate amount of money in fees compared to the government schools and that the facilities they have to offer their students are better than what the government schools have.

 

The legislators also noted that most of the said private schools have been performing fairly well with most of their students passing with better grades than those in government schools.

 

 

The Ministry of Education says the closure of the schools will take effect beginning with the opening of the first term of 2018 in February.

 

But the Members of Parliament argue that such a move will leave many students with nowhere to go at the beginning of a school year.

 

The latest directive to have unlicensed schools shut down is a follow up to an earlier one issued in October 2017, which was never put into effect.