By Allan Kisia
The Government has warned teachers against conducting holiday tuition.
Education Minister Mutula Kilonzo on Monday said those who will be found conducting holiday tuition will be arrested and prosecuted.
The minister lamented that holiday tuition had become a burden to both parents and pupils.
“We stress our children with a lot of learning and little time for play. Many children consider vocational reading as a punishment,” he stated.
He regretted that children start going for holiday tuition as early as Standard Two.
“When schools are on, they wake up very early and when on holiday we don’t allow them to rest,” he explained.
The new regulations will take effect if Parliament passes the Education Bill 2012.
The Ministry of Education drafted the Bill to conform to the Constitution.
Although the Government banned holiday tuition in 2008, a majority of schools have never heeded the order.
Kenya National Union of Teachers (Knut) recently asked the Government to trim the school syllabus, which is long and demanding hence the need for holiday tuition.
Knut said during the 13 weeks (school term) there are so many interruptions such as drama and sports.