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School Principals' New Demands to Magoha on KCSE Postponement

Kenya's secondary school principals have proposed new measures to Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha in order to prevent escalating occurrences of student unrest in educational institutions. The headteachers are seeking a two-month delay in national exams until all of the institutions are back to normal.

They also suggested that schools be closed early to prevent indiscipline. The school leaders justified their action by claiming that the kids might not be prepared for the national exams set for March of next year, which would result in an increase in indiscipline.

Kahi Indimuli, the chair of the Kenya Secondary School Heads Association (Kessha), stated that due to the increase in incidences of instability, candidates may not have adequately prepared for the exams. Teachers' preparations to deliver the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) have also been hampered, according to Indimuli. 

"Last year, when we brought on Form Four students, they were left at home for a lengthy time. They were not adequately engaged during this time, and some got into the business while others picked up negative habits," he added. 

According to Kessha's chair, the students may have panicked when they saw that time was running out and they had not prepared sufficiently. "They had a lot of spare time at home. Even when teachers strive to reintegrate them, they realize they no longer have any freedom. When they returned to school, they realized they were unprepared for the exams and used foul language to express their dissatisfaction," he stated.

Many students have been arrested and charged as a result of the increase in cases, but concern remains high in boarding schools across the country. To quell the protests, Magoha and his Interior colleague, Fred Matiang'i, have asked for the reinstatement of caning in schools.

"We must discipline our children and insist on certain things, or else we will end up with a society of beasts. So, as they burn down schools, our job is to rebuild them. It's harsh love, and our children must understand that getting these things requires sacrifice on the part of their parents. I am not a believer in children's human rights because the Bible says spare the rod and spoil the child, but I do want us to begin discussing how we will discipline our children," Matiang'i claimed. 

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