Students’ unrest condemned amid calls for return of corporal punishment

The Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) Chepkoilel branch Executive secretary Mr. Sammy Bor while addressing the press in his office. PHOTOEdmond Kipngeno, The Scholar Media Africa.

The Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) Chepkoilel branch Executive secretary Mr. Sammy Bor has condemned the wave of unrest in the schools across the country.

He asked for the arrest and prosecution of perpetrators.

“I want to condemn the students burning and destroying school and individual property,” said Bor.

Speaking to The Scholar Media Africa, Bor said there are better ways of solving issues other than arson and other forms of violence.

“I urge students to use civilized ways to air their views and grievances,” said Bor.

He added that it was sad that parents will have to pay for the damages incurred by the students.

Some schools in the country have closed after cases of unrest.

Cheplaskey and Kipkabus Boys are among the schools whose dormitories were torched following unrest.

Bor said the cause of the unrest was the congested calendar of learning in schools.

“The schools should now enhance vigilance by installing CCTV cameras so that any foreign materials which might be sneaked into the school can be detected,” added Bor.

He asked the government to bring back co-curricular activities as they reduce stress and enhance activeness of learners.

He further said the government should reconsider introducing corporal punishment as it aids in instilling discipline in school.

“Parents should ensure that they aid in shaping the discipline of children,” noted Bor.

Uasin Gishu clergy led by Imams Council Chair North Rift Sheikh Abubakar Bini advised the Ministry of Education to consider establishing a committee to look into the matter and also involve all stakeholders like unions.

He said that KNUT plays a pivotal role in providing solutions in their institutions.

“We are very willing to offer advice and solutions. What affects our children in schools should be addressed swiftly because they can escalate and cause irreversible damages in the education sector,” he said.

According to Eldoret Diocese Bishop Dominic Kimengich, learners should show discipline at home and school.

He said the Corona pandemic took most of their learning time but unrest should not be the solution.

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