Pressure mounts on Education ministry to curb students’ unrest

Calls for a thorough probe into the perennial problem of schools’ unrest continue amid concerns over the possibility of external influence.

Bura legislator Ali Wario says parliament is ready to support the ministry of education by drafting punitive legislations to tame the vice even as a group of elders from Meru County threatened to curse anybody inciting or colluding with students to torch schools.

The country has witnessed the indefinite closure of over 40 schools with at least 100 students under police investigations in connection with school fires over the past one month a trend that has seen stakeholders advocate for stringent measures to tame the runaway indiscipline amongst students and suspected inciters.

The latest incident being the closure of Highway Secondary School in South B, Nairobi, over a dormitory fire.

The latest incident being the closure of Highway Secondary School over a dormitory fire.

31 students from the school are receiving medical attention at the Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) where they were rushed after a fire broke out at the school’s dormitory Sunday morning.

Deputy President William Ruto’s wife, Rachel, has weighed in on the debate urging students to desist from activities that can undermine the development of education in the country.

Mrs Ruto reminded students that discipline remains key to their success in education, which in turn would determine their future lifestyles.

Speaking at Lugulu Girls High School in Bungoma County, during Sunday Church Service for 14 secondary schools, she asked students to maintain discipline by obeying school regulations.

“As students, there is no point of being controversial.  Just put sideshows aside, focus on your studies and follow school rules. This is the only way to succeed in life,” said Mrs Ruto.

Mrs Ruto who was accompanied by Webuye West MP Dan Wanyama and Lugulu Girls Principal Dinah Cheruiyot asked students to work hard in their studies noting that the only gift they could give to their parents was being successful in their studies.

“As form fours prepare for their national examinations, I take this opportunity to wish them all the best,” she said.

She added: “Parents have sacrificed for you by denying themselves basic needs to have you succeed in education. This is why I encourage you to burn your midnight oil to succeed.”

Bungoma Women Representative Catherine Wambilianga urged the Government to review its proposal to have similar uniforms for all schools across the country as part of the efforts to curb indiscipline in learning institutions.

Ms Wambilianga said the proposal to have similar uniforms would not help curb indiscipline, saying it would be hard to differentiate students.

“As a leader, I am opposed to plans to have similar uniforms for all schools in the country as it will be difficult to differentiate students from different schools,” she said.

  

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