Education Cabinet Secretary Prof. George Magoha has sparked fresh controversy after directing that students engaging in homosexuality be barred from boarding schools.
According to Prof. Magoha, gay learners should be restricted to day schools closer to their homes.
“Right now, there are contemporary cases of children who are homosexual and lesbians, they must go to day schools close to their homes. Your responsibility should be for the greater majority and not a few individuals. Do not allow yourself to be intimidated by children,” said Prof Magoha said.
The remarks by the CS have sparked mixed reactions with a section of online users condemning the directive.
“CS Magoha is a bigot and a Neanderthal. To bar gay children from boarding schools is unconstitutional, discriminatory, and inhuman. Being gay is as natural and African as being asexual, heterosexual, pan sexual, and bisexual. We must love ALL our kids no matter their sexualities,” said Prof. Makau Mutua.
“There are no gay learners in schools just learners. Disturbing remarks from Magoha,” said Eli Tele
“Someone supposedly with a PhD in medicine, I am stunned!” posed Obel Humphrey
“If I were Prof Magoha, The only honorable thing, I would do is to resign,is lesbianism and gayism allowed in Kenya? Dayschools have no headteachers or what’s your point Prof?” added Kithome Onesmus.
“Yes, they should not and this thing of gay rights should stop in our learning institutions,” said Moses Musymi.
“Can we not discriminate people because of their sexual orientation,” Garnier West stated.
CS Magoha on Drug Test
Education CS Prof. George Magoha has issued a statement on the mandatory drug test directive issued by Maranda High School to all its students.
Recently the school administration wrote to parents, alerting them that all students will need to undergo a drug test and present certificates of the same when the learners resume for studies in January.
Speaking to the press in Mombasa on December 30,Magoha welcomed the move, stating that it was high time students put under scrutiny owing to the recent spike in arson cases in schools.
CS Magoha confirmed that a good number of high school students have been exposed to drugs.
“A drug test is thoroughly in order because children are using drugs. Are you doubting it?” He posed.
Magoha blamed the current rise in indiscipline cases among students on the absence of parents in the lives of their children and consistent pampering.
He accused parents of being passive contributors in the growth of their children as most of them have replaced attention with money.