Stakeholders in the education sector have called on the opposition alliance Nasa to violent protests arguing that it might lead to under performance of candidates who are preparing for their national exams.
This even as Primary Schools commence preparations for National examinations later this month.
The clergy, parents and teachers are now calling upon the principals of the National Super Alliance (NASA) to call off the demonstrations in the capital Nairobi, Mombasa and the Western city of Kisumu as a way of creating an enabling environment for candidates to study and take their examinations.
According to Rev. Peter Gitau of the Lord`s Sanctuary Church in Subukia , preparations for national examinations against a back drop of violence is increasingly disconcerting to candidates who have prepared adequately for the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education scheduled to kick off on October 30.
“Preparations for national examinations against a back drop of violence is increasingly disconcerting to candidates who have prepared adequately for the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education scheduled to kick off on October 30”he said.
The clergy spoke on Sunday during a prayer service for 2017 KCPE candidates from the Vision Preparatory School, at the church.
He called for a suspension of the reformist`s protests until the end of the national examinations calendar to allow candidates a desired conducive environment to undertake their final examinations.
A parent Samuel Thamo expressed concern at the outcome of this year`s examinations that he said will be conducted amid widespread unease among citizens.
“The warring parties on the political front should amicably strike a balance on contentious issues to revert the country to normalcy” he said.
Sentiment was echoed by teachers from private schools who expressed fear for imminent closure of their schools over the inability of parents to pay school fees for their children on time due to the harsh economic times caused by unflinching protests.
On his part, Albert Mwangi the head teacher Vision Preparatory school said the instability occasioned by incessant political bickering across the political divide is reversing multiple gains that strategic public private partnerships have helped to achieve in the liberalized education sector.
Thus even as the opposition coalition maintains that it will not relent in its weekly demonstrations aimed at compelling the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission to implement basic electoral reforms that will guarantee the integrity of the October 26 repeat of the Presidential election.