Teachers Service Commission(TSC) has moved to court to seek dismissal of a suit by a parent(Joseph Aura) challenging closure of schools in the wake of covid-19 pandemic.
Through an affidavit by Reuben Nthamburi, a director in-charge of Quality Assurance and Standards, the commission has faulted Joseph Aura for not appreciating the fact that the government is committed to reopen schools when coronavirus pandemic has been contained.
Last month, Joseph Aura moved to court and successfully filed a petition that sought to compel Education Cabinet Secretary Prof. George Magoha to re-open schools and other learning institutions, for the third term.
“I have lodged these proceedings as a parent on behalf of my children and on behalf of millions of voiceless children enrolled similarly in learning institutions across the country,” said Aura.
Through Lawyer Harrison Kinyanjui, Aura last month wanted the court to compel Health CS Mutahi Kagwe to reopen of all play areas and recreational centres for all children across the country. He stated that continued closure of school subjected children to psychological and mental torture.
“The oppressive psychological and mental torture inflicted on the school going children because of the open-ended closure of schools effected by the ministry from March till now has gravely injured them,” stated Aura.
Community based learning
TSC also wants a court order that postponed the roll out of community based learning(cbl) be lifted. The teachers’ employer has argued that the CBL that had been slated to start in the beginning of this month, was the most suitable way of keeping learners engaged in the light of covid-19 pandemic.
“The objective of community-based learning is to engage learners in productive activities with a view to equip them with knowledge related to the pandemic as well as impact them with practical life skills,’ states Nthamburi.