The government through the ministry of Education has been undergoing some discussion with some stakeholders on how they will minimize students' unrest. They had proposed that the introduction of caning to students will probably reduce such indiscipline cases.[Photo Courtesy]
After a long discussion, it has now been revealed that parents and school heads have accepted the move as a way of reducing students' unrest. Nicholas Maiyo, the National Parents Association Chairman, admitted that caning would assist disciplining students but argued that other directives should be introduced to enforce the measure.
He says that some teachers might punish students thoroughly if there are no guidelines to enforce the measure. The teachers might also go overboard to punish students without taking into consideration of other ways of guiding students. Besides the teachers, parents will also be invited to punish their own children.
Kenya Secondary School Heads Association Chairperson, Kahi Indimuli also called on the ministry of Education to lay down some guildlines before rushing to introduce caning in school. He stated that more issues needed to be addressed to curb the students' unrest including guiding students, outlining discipline criteria and funding schools.
However, some education stakeholders have differed with the Ministry of Education to introduce caning to students. They claim that the move will spread hatred among teachers and students. According to former Kenya National Union of Teachers Secretary General, Wilson Sossion claims that the Ministry of Education should post police officers to cane students instead of using teachers.
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