Private School Must Reinstate Student With Epilepsy
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
May 11, 2004
NAIROBI, KENYA--The government has ordered a private school to reinstate a student it had expelled because she has epilepsy.
According to a brief story in Monday's East African Standard, the Cedar Groove Academy in Kiambu had removed Ivy Wanjiru because of her disability.
Education assistant minister Beth Mugo demanded the girl be allowed to return without conditions.
"The empowerment of the girl-child is on top in the list of government priority," Mugo said, explaining that the Constitution does not allow discrimination on the basis of disability or health.
Mugo said the academy had been licensed by the government to operate and therefore could not be allowed to ignore access laws which promote the government's commitment to have all "eligible" children in school.
"Although it is not the intention of the government to interfere with private enterprises, we cannot allow the flagrant disregard for the rule of law and regulations," said Mugo.
She warned that the government would take action against private schools which try to expel students on health or disability grounds.