Parents and educators demand midterm break prolonged due to Azimio demos.Due to rallies planned by the Azimio la Umoja One Kenya Coalition on Monday, when students are returning from the half-term holiday, parents and teachers are worried for their safety.
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The half-term holiday for students began on Thursday, but in light of the impending conflict, National Parents Association chair Silas Obuhatsa pleaded with President William Ruto and Azimio leader Raila Odinga to engage in negotiation in order to prevent a crisis.
“With demonstrations, the results are always a mystery. Both the Kenya Kwanza and the Azimio coalitions have parents who support them.
For the good of the nation and the sake of defenseless children.
We implore the two leaders to engage in discussion, Children didn’t vote, according to Mr. Obuhatsa.
In addition to other requests, Mr. Odinga has called for nationwide protests to pressure the government to decrease living expenses.
Mr. Obuhatsa is concerned that on Monday travels will be affected and fare prices might hike as there will be a lot of people travelling from all parts of the nation to nairobi.
“Some hooligans might exploit the circumstance to abuse children. He added.
They would prefer remain with their parents in such a situation, according to Mr. Obuhatsa.
Chairperson of the Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (Kuppet) is requesting that the reopening be on Wednesday in order to protect students.
The security of students, instructors, and employees is at stake.
Kuppet chair said, urging parents to keep an eye on political developments in the days running up to next week.
Though some of the leaders tame the extension of midterm break might be see as support for the Azimio protests.
Parents who spoke to the Nation also expressed worry about the safety of their children.
“We have requested the school administration to allow the children to go back on Tuesday when things have calmed down.
“We have not gotten a response, but we don’t want anything that can compromise their safety or their parents’,” Cyprian Odongo suggests.
“Nobody knows how long the crisis might take. I’ll wait before I make a decision,” he said