Via, by Henry Wanyama (reported April 19)

EDUCATION minister Sam Ongeri yesterday asked students to shun homosexuality. Ongeri said homosexuality is one vice that the ministry for education must stump out. He said: “I am not threatening anybody but you all know that homosexuality is illegal.” Ongeri spoke at the Bomas of Kenya when he opened the third national students’ leadership conference. The conference has attracted 1,500 student leaders from across the country who are deliberating on the theme: Education Reforms, Students Perspective.

The minister said, however, he had no clue on the extent of homosexuality but asked teachers, students and everybody in society to know one another so as to be able to fight the vice.

“Homo sexuality is unhealthy and does not add any value to your life. Those who practise are easily infected with HIV/Aids,” Ongeri said. He told students that as leaders in their respective schools they should help defeat the vice and the Education ministry is ready to render support. Ongeri said the student leaders’ contribution at the conference will be taken to account by the task force collecting views on how the current education system can be aligned to the new constitution.

The minister revealed that very soon the ministry will launch a management guide to extracurricular activities. He also called on students to act as a cushion to society as we approach the 2012 general elections and not to be incited by politicians.

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