Kenya Conference of Catholics Bishops (KCCB) says the country needs to review ways of maintaining discipline in schools.
While expressing concern over a recent wave of arson attacks in schools, the Bishops noted that there is a need for deliberate coordinated efforts of correction, mentorship, and counseling of learners.
And for immediate results, they want those running day-to-day affairs of schools to be granted permission to do what they can to maintain order in institutions of learning.
“The boards of management, and the principals as well as heads of schools should be empowered and supported to deal with the extreme indiscipline cases in our schools,” they said
The Catholic bishops also noted that there should be deliberate, conspicuous, and effective efforts to effectively eliminate access to alcohol and drugs into the schools.
Having analyzed issues related to the latest incidents of unrest in schools, the bishops indicated that among other issues, they established that cases of indiscipline are caused by drug abuse and peer pressure.
“Besides indiscipline, we need to address the issue of cultism and radicalization in schools as well as challenges related to mental health. The bishops at the same time called on the government to reinstate extra-curricular activities and sports, which were stopped to curb the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic in learning institutions. “ said KCCB Chairman Most Rev. Martin Kivuva who read the statement on behalf of other bishops
They further pointed out that other stresses exerted on learners by what they described as over-compressed and erratic academic calendar might have led to chaos in schools, and want the ministry of education and the Teachers Service Commission to look into this.