Ministry of Education and Interior Cabinet Secretaries Prof. George Magoha and Dr. Fred Matiang’i have decried perpetual indiscipline among school going children and called for concerted effort to end the menace which has led to burning and damaging school properties worth millions of shillings.
Speaking at Egetonto primary school in Tabaka ward, South Mogirango Constituency in Kisii County, during handing over of new classrooms yesterday, the senior government officers also called for sobriety among parents when dealing with the learners in a bid to mold them to useful members of the society.
Prof. Magoha who commissioned the five classrooms described the children as highly indisciplined and reiterated his calls to reintroduce caning in schools.
Wondering whether the high rate of indiscipline called for ban on secondary schools or not, Magoha urged parents not to leave the whole burden of disciplining children on teachers.
“We are not bringing up children well and that’s why many are not able to handle stress thus resulting to killing each other besides destroying property,” he lamented. He lauded school heads for doing their best during the difficulties of Covid19 pandemic.
Lauding Dr. Matiang’i for donating funds for construction of the classrooms, the education CS said the government will add Sh 2 m for more classrooms.
On the national examinations for next year, Magoha said the two sets of Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) and Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) were ready for administration and were set with considerations with the challenges brought about by the pandemic.
“The ministry will ensure whoever takes the government next year will find exams ready awaiting implementation,” he said.
He said some primary schools have many classrooms which will be assessed to find possibilities of accommodating the junior secondary learners.
Explaining plans to link up with other leaders in constructing four more classrooms at a cost of Sh 4 m, Dr. Matiangi appealed to other leaders and the whole society to sacrifice for sake of learners and not to look upon the government to do everything.
He appealed to various professionals to contribute to what CDF is giving saying it will take concerted effort to meet the needs of the learners. “We must have a conversation on parenting and how we can have discipline in schools,” he reiterated.
Others present were Health PS Susan Mochache, ICT Chief Administrative Secretary Maureen Mbaka, Kisii County Commissioner Allan Machari and Dagoretti North legislator Simba Arati among others.