IN SHORT: The document appears to be from Kenya’s Privatization Commission, which is charged with implementing the Privatization Act. But the commission has tweeted that the list is fake – these 28 top-performing public schools won’t go private.
“Approved privatization programme,” it begins. “The following public national schools have been listed for privatization.”
The 28 schools include Alliance High School, Starehe Boys Center, Kenya High School, Maseno School, Nairobi School and Moi Girls Eldoret.
Most, if not all, are among the country’s top-performing schools. Admission to these schools is highly sought.
But has the commission really approved the privatisation of these 28 top schools?
No media reports on ‘approved privatisation’
If the document were legit, the privatisation of such high profile schools would have hit the headlines. But we found no media reports about it.
The commission posts updates on its website. We searched the site for the document and came up empty.
On 31 January the commission posted the document on its official Twitter account – stamped “FAKE”.
Kenya’s education ministry has also flagged the document as fake.
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