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dateline: 07 August 2019

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MP with Baby Forced to Leave Parliament in Kenya

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • MP: Member of Parliament
  • nursery: a place for young children to sleep or receive childcare
  • parliament: the body of government made up of elected politicians
  • colleague: a person you work with
  • chamber: a large room for political or formal gatherings
  • set an example: to act as a good model for others to follow

MP with Baby Forced to Leave Parliament in Kenya

A female MP was asked to leave parliament in this week after bringing her five-month-old baby with her to work. Zuleika Hassan that she brought her baby because was unable to get childcare that day, and there was no on site. Other female MPs showed support for colleague by walking out of the chamber with her. While the house rules say that “strangers” including children are not allowed in the chamber, the MP argued that the government should set an by offering family-friendly workspaces.

Comprehension Questions

  1. What is the report mainly about?
  2. What reason did Hassan have for doing what she did?
  3. What does Hassan think the Kenyan government should do?

Discussion Question

Do you agree that the government and other employers should offer childcare for their staff to use?

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Written and recorded by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.
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