President Obama’s NEP Agenda: Our Children’s Examination Debacle


By Mohamed Haji

 (2006) Barack Obama, right, is dressed as a Somali elder by Sheikh Mohamed Hassan, left, during his visit to Wajir in northeastern Kenya, Photograph: AP

(2006) Barack Obama, right, is dressed as a Somali elder by Sheikh Mohamed Hassan, left, during his visit to Wajir in northeastern Kenya, Photograph: AP

We welcome and celebrate President Obama’s grand visit to our country.  As the residents of NEP we ask the POTUS to pay a visit to the Northern part of the country to make a powerful statement about our shared interest for peace and make a stand against the willful destruction of our educational institutions by a clueless national government and a terror organization that only thrives on division.

His visit to the region will be a powerful statement that Kenya cannot and should not be run on a policy of fear and the enemies of this country can only be defeated by confrontation not capitulation. This is a region that deserves much more than it appears to get. It will not be a completely successful journey without a visit to a region that has borne the brunt of new terrorist attacks and age-old marginalization the consequences of which is closure of our education and health sectors.

The genesis of our children’s precarious present is a terror group that claims to hit America’s weakest spots and as a dad and the president of the most powerful country, Obama has a stake in the prospects of these children whose futures are already frayed before it began.

In little more than two months our children are expected to sit for national examinations while no learning has been taking place in their schools. Both our education and Internal Security secretaries have confirmed that there are no special measures for this unique circumstances and therefore business as usual. Our president has not said anything about the future of tomorrow’s leaders.

A toothless Senate committee is running like a headless chicken few months to the examinations and the best among us are burying their heads in the sand concerning the fate of our children sitting for these national examinations. Expecting them to compete with the rest in the country let alone excel is unfair at the least.

POTUS should be informed of the current sorry state of our education and health sectors as a result of the recent terror attacks aided by a failed national security policy. A whole generation, the future leaders of this country, is looking at a catastrophic examination results.

This is worth the attention of national and international leaders. This is a disenfranchisement at a catastrophic scale and should have been the talk of every agency that claims to care for children education. Everyone with a stake in the security of this world should play a role to stem this growing threat. The failed candidates of today will be tomorrow’s terror agents and unless urgent measures are put in place, responsibility of further deterioration of our security shall lie on the shoulders of the leaders of this world.

Haji is a social commentator Nepjournal contributor




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