Embakasi East Member of Parliament Babu Owino is making the headlines yet again.
This time, the outspoken former University leader who quickly rose up the ranks in Kenyan politics is at loggerheads with Education Principal Secretary Belio Kipsang who disapproved of his popular online classes.
Kipsang stated that only qualified teachers are allowed to offer such services to students, adding that it is against the law for anyone else to conduct online classes.
Sending a warning shot, he noted that the government would take action on anyone found engaging in the illegality.
In response, Babu vowed to proceed to take this year’s candidates through their national exam revision regardless of the order.
He defended his online classes, saying they are meant to help students during the school disruption occasioned by the coronavirus pandemic.
The ODM politician went on to slam the PS arguing his action was uncalled for and out of touch with the realities on the ground.
“Education PS Kipsang is not as qualified as I am. If we were to compare our degrees, I have 6 diplomas, 3 degrees, I am pursuing my master’s in law and political science. So who is he? What does he have that gives him the moral authority to declare that? The PS is basking in the glory of his ignorance by banning our lesson,” he retorted on Thursday.
Kenyans on social media backed the MP and urged him on saying thousands of candidates had benefited from the lessons and will be disenfranchised should the lessons be quashed.
Some users dismissed Kipsang’s remarks saying they contradicted an earlier statement by the government directing parents to help their children revise while at home.
True to his word, on Friday the legislator’s Chemistry class went on as scheduled.
The lesson was streamed through radio presenter Felix Odiwuor alias Jalang’o YouTube channel from 2 p.m.
Asked whether he still remembers the content in the high school syllabus, he said that everything is still fresh in his head like it was yesterday.
Other Kenyans are elated by Babu’s action and have challenged other politicians to take a queue from young lawmakers now that most of them have failed to deliver on their election pledges.
Orange Democratic Party (ODM) congratulated the MP for conducting the online lessons after his mathematic lesson conducted online on his Facebook account.
“Embakasi East MP became the first-ever legislator to spare time to take KCSE candidates through mathematics revision papers LIVE online. Students and pupils have been home for the last two months following the closure of schools due to the outbreak of Covid-19” the party tweeted last week.