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National Assembly Committee Rejects Proposal to Formalize Informal Learning Institutions

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National Assembly Committee Rejects Proposal to Formalize Informal Learning Institutions

The National Assembly Budget and Appropriations Committee has rejected a legislative proposal presented by Mathare Member of Parliament Anthony Oluoch. The proposal aimed to formalize non-formal learning institutions frequently found in informal settlements.

If passed, the basic education amendment bill would require the government to allocate an extra 2.8 Billion shillings annually. This funding would support the education of over 2 million pupils in informal settlements who are not enrolled in public or private schools.

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During the hearing with the National Assembly Budget and Appropriations Committee, Mathare MP Anthony Oluoch stated that a significant number of children in informal settlements lack admission to public or private schools.

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They rely on non-formal institutions for education, which are not recognized by the Ministry of Education. However, the committee is concerned that formalizing these institutions might lead to their proliferation, detracting from the development of formal schools.

The committee expressed reservations about the proposal, fearing it could incentivize the growth of such institutions at the expense of formal education. They worry that allocating additional funds to these non-formal institutions may hinder the progress of public and private schools.

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In another legislative development, the Employment Amendment Bill proposes an extension of maternity leave by three months and paternity leave by two weeks. If approved by the National Assembly, employees would have the option to take the additional days off while receiving half of their basic salary.

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Naomi Waqo, the sponsor of the Employment Amendment Bill, defended the proposal during the Budget Committee session. Currently, maternity leave stands at three months, and paternity leave at two weeks.

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National Assembly Committee Rejects Proposal to Formalize Informal Learning Institutions

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