Education Cabinet Secretary, Dr. Fred Matiang’i has officially banned corporal punishment in schools.
The Cabinet Secretary who spoke when he presided over the 88th Graduation Ceremony at Kamwenja Teachers’ Training College in Nyeri said corporal punishment being administered in some schools in the country is illegal.
“My ministry will not tolerate instances of corporal punishment in schools,” said Matiang’i and added, “teachers should adopt more humane methods of disciplining students, that does not include caning.”
The Education CS warned that teachers caught administering corporal punishment will be held liable since the law is quite clear that corporal punishment is illegal.
The CS was speaking days after a video clip did the rounds on social media of teachers at Friends Girls’ School Keveye in Vihiga County caning students.
Another incident was the one in Keiyo Marakwet County where boys are said to be admitted to hospital after through caning by their teachers.
The CS said caning is an archaic method of disciplining students and had no place in modern society and the current schooling system.
Dr. Matiang’i said the government was concerned at the high level of wastage of free primary and secondary education funding, saying the money’s impact cannot be felt.
“We expected the ratio of textbooks to students to have improved to one book per pupil after investing Kshs 16 billion in primary schools and Kshs 9 billion in secondary for text books and learning materials over the last three years, this is not the caase”, he noted.
The Education CS decreed any unnecessary charging of levies on students that are already being catered for by the government including examination fees.
He asked school managers to account for funds properly and reminded parents not to pay any examination fees saying it was already being paid for by the government.
The Chairman of the Kamwenja Teachers Training College, Board of Management John Cardinal Njue urged teachers not to see teaching as a means of earning a livelihood, but view it as a vocation that helps to transform society.
He said teachers should help society fight societal vices including alcoholism and drug abuse that are a threat to future generations.
John Cardinal Njue urged teachers to be role models and help to inspire the young in their communities.