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‘Little known’ journalists reporting ‘little known’ schools

Let us declare, from the onset, the public interest in the matter at hand.

We know some Kenyans out there who attended schools that even local school inspectors never knew existed. We also know that some of the students who attended those “bush schools” turned out to be successful professionals and business people.

Now, back to the matter at hand.

Amid questions raised about last year’s KCSE exam results, the media seemed to stress that some of the schools whose performance has raised eyebrows are “little known.”

The question is, little known by whom? Is it the journalists who filed the “little known” schools story, or to the community that helped build some of these “little known schools” expecting nothing but the best from the students attending them?

If someone does not know something, does it cease to exist? Does it qualify to be referred to as “little known” or does it confirm the ignorance of the person who regards what they do not know as “little known?’

Just for the record, not all Kenyans know the “known schools.” Many villagers in Kenya’s countryside do not know Alliance Boys High School or Maranda High. For these villagers, the Alliances and Marandas of this world are “little known,” whereas the local school, including schools that hold lessons under trees, are known to them, like they say, like the back of their hands.

Moreover, are we being fair, and sensitive to students, teachers, parents and the communities around the schools we casually dismiss as “little known?”

How would you, dear journalists, feel if someone described a school that you went to or your children attend as “little known?” Or the media house you work for?

Maybe the schools are not “little known. It is the journalists who covered the controversy surrounding 2022 KCSE examination grades who don’t know them.

Still on schools, it seems that many journalists still think that Prof George Magoha, though dead, is still running the Ministry of Education. The Magoha hangover is so deep that some journalists will struggle to remember the full name of the current Education CS and say: “Anaitwa nani by the way?”

It is not surprising therefore when the media reports that some public universities shall be privatised, and attributes this to, not the Education ministry, but the Trade ministry.

As if this is not bad enough, the Trade ministry is said to have “ordered schools” not to buy (sell?) uniforms for their students. Granted, matters trade including trading in school uniforms fall under the Trade ministry. But schools fall under Education.

Unless someone reporting from Trade CS Moses Kuria’s presser was too lazy to corroborate the CS’ sentiments about public universities and school uniforms from the Education ministry (and no, the old cliché that “efforts to contact the Education ministry were not successful’ does not count on this one), we will forgive you, dear journalist, for not knowing the full name of the current Education minister. And no, it is not Moses Kuria.

The last time we checked, Kenya’s Education CS was Ezekiel Machogu.

1 thought on “‘Little known’ journalists reporting ‘little known’ schools”

  1. The article has perfectly highlighted the stereotypical reporting from journalists who portray schools from upcountry as lesser equal to those in urban centres.

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