The Kenya primary school Head teachers association (KePSHA) now wants the government to abolish boarding schools. The union said that parents are key players in ensuring discipline among their children thus should be left close to them to prevent the current unrest by students especially in boarding schools.
“Boarding schools have been overtaken by time. It is a colonial idea. We cannot sustain them. What we need is free and compulsory education for all learners,” KUPPET acting Secretary-General Moses Nthurima stated.
While addressing a different conference in Kisumu on Thursday, Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha who has been opposed to the debate, welcomed the argument saying that the decision lies among all stakeholders.
“First of all, before we talk about indiscipline, we should ask ourselves whether we need boarding schools or not? In an ideal society where people are normal, boarding schools are supposed to flourish, isn’t it? But it is society to decide whether they continue to be there or not,” Magoha said.
Over time, students have been give punishments in form of suspensions and canning. Most parents have criticized these measures. It has helped very little in reducing the rampant cases of unrest among the students and made the KePSHA want the government to abolish boarding in secondary schools.
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