The Education CS George Magoha and the CS Interior, Fred Matiang'i are rooting for the reintroduction of corporal punishment in schools. The two attributed the occurrence of school fires to the growing indiscipline among students. The push comes at a time dozens of learners are in police custody in various parts of the country because of destruction of property worth millions of shillings in their respective schools.
In the last few weeks, cases of school infernos have been on the rise. The worrying trend is what has prompted the Cabinet secretaries to call for re-introduction of stringent disciplinary measures which include caning of students. "We need to introduce caning back in schools like yesterday, do not expect our teachers to do the impossible," said Magoha.
"We must discipline our children and we must insist on some things we cannot create a society of animals. Sasa kazi yetu ni kujenga mashule kazi yao iwe kuchoma. Its tough love our children must understand one thing that it takes sacrifice from parents to get these things," said Matiang'i.
The two claimed that the ban on corporal punishment denied teachers a proven method of dealing with indiscipline cases in schools. "I am not a subscriber of those things of human rights of the child, kwa sababu Bibilia inasema spare the rod and spoil the child mimi nataka tuanze kuzungumza how we will discipline our children," added Matiang'i.
Magoha also intends to do away with boarding schools allowing learners to study as day scholars. "Which human rights are those when you want to burn your colleagues in the halls, and that will lead to the talks of whether we still need boarding schools in the country," said Magoha.
As all this happens, a court in Kimilili has issued 11 learners from Chesamisi high school bail terms of a million shillings with charges of burning school property worth over Ksh.7.5 million. The students are set to remain in police custody until 20th December when their ages are determined.
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