The Kenya National Union of Teachers KNUT Secretary General Wilson Sossion has called upon the ministry of education to post police officers to schools to protect teachers and instill discipline.
His sentiments comes days after education CS George Magoha suggested the return of corporal punishment to schools to tame unruly students.
Sossion opposed the proposal by Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha to re-introduce caning in schools.
Sossion said the move would worsen the already broken teacher –student relationship and instead police should be involve to provide the solution.
“We will not accept the return of corporal punishment which will put our teachers in conflict with the learners.
“If they want to return it, let them post police officers to schools who will be doing the caning job because these teenagers are likely to kill the teachers,” Sossion stated.
Sossion further called for abolishment of boarding schools to give parents an opportunity to guide their children past learning hours
“It is time for this country to abolish all boarding schools and have state-of-the-art day schools. We want parents to regain their skills of guiding their own children after work. A teachers’ job is to impart knowledge and values between 8 am to 5 pm,” he stated.
Following the recent cases of students turning against teachers and attacking them, and the latest cases where several schools have been burnt down by students, Magoha said his ministry was rethinking of introducing corporal punishment that had was abolished close to 10 years ago.
Magoha directed the blame to parents for failing to instill discipline to their children during the long stay at home following the Covid-19 pandemic.
Magoha directed that parents of learners who have razed down their schools cater for the cost of rebuilding them.
He also directed head teachers not to admit any students from the schools that have been affected.
President Uhuru Kenyatta also raised concerns with particularly the rising cases of school fires.
Through State House Spokesperson Kanze Dena, President Kenyatta ordered the Ministry of Education to deal firmly with any student found culpable of the crimes.
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