A group of Kenyan LGBT students protested on Thursday against a cabinet minister’s recent suggestion that they be banned from boarding schools. Schools are common in Kenya and students and rights groups say the ban would be discriminatory and compromise their safety.
Dozens of angry students took to the streets of Nairobi on Thursday in a peaceful protest against Kenya’s Ministry of Education.
They were armed with placards condemning a suggestion by the Cabinet Secretary for Education, George Magoha, that gay students be barred from boarding schools.
One of the protesters, Marylise Bubwa, said that Magoha’s remarks were beginning to affect some schools.
“Because of what Magoha instructed, I have two students who have arrived, one. I plan to start the journey to help him tomorrow, as he was already sent out of school. Having KCSE in March, she can’t go back because she’ll be told she’s gay,” Bubava said.
KCSE is Kenya’s Certificate of Secondary School Examination.
In their two-page petition to the Secretary of Education, the protesters called on him to withdraw his December remarks, and to criminalize all forms of phobias that put people’s lives at risk, including the lives of gay students. also includes.
Makena Njeri is the founder of Bold Africa, a gay rights network.
“Being a gay student going through high school was already a challenge, even very close to being expelled. It already discriminated against me as a kid when I was growing up Now that the government is putting more pressure on institutions, the discrimination continues [against] Children [and] That is something we will not tolerate,” Nejeri said.
Kenya is one of several African countries that prohibit homosexuality.
The VOA has established that the Cabinet Secretary has officially ordered boarding schools in Kenya to ban suspected homosexual students.
A state education official said on condition of anonymity that a formal circular would normally be sent to the heads of all boarding schools.
“Such a directive would be very difficult to implement and could lead to a lot of anger. You can see that the statement he has made is already creating chaos. What if a school principal was seen doing this Gaya? It will be a disaster,” said the education officer.
Leaders of the LGBT community have submitted their petition to the Ministry of Education, they are expected to meet with Magoha next week.