Teachers urged to step up students’ supervision to curb unrest in schools
Teachers have been instructed to supervise students effectively in order to ensure cases of indiscipline or unrest are prevented.
“In the event of unrest, security agencies and key stakeholders should be informed without delay in order to take appropriate action,” said the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) Chief Executive Nancy Macharia in the wake of several fire incidents in schools.
In the circular to education officials dated September 7, Mrs Macharia also directed school heads to step up supervision and vigilance to safeguard the safety of learners and security of property.
Mrs Macharia (right) added that all principals in institutions with boarding facilities, their deputies, boarding masters and mistresses and other key staff should, at all times, reside within the school compound.
“Institutional administrators should liaise with the Ministry of Education officials to ensure school facilities accommodating learners are well maintained in keeping with the safety policies and measures prescribed by the ministry,” said Mrs Macharia.
While speaking last week, Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i said laws on disciplining of students will be reviewed and principals given more powers.
“We want to hasten the process of disciplining and removing rogue students. The issue will help address increasing cases of students who are taking their principals and Boards of Management to court after committing offences,” said Dr Matiang’i.
He said the ministry will approach Parliament with specific proposals on some of the things the government wants to implement.
“We want to support school principals more when it comes to the decision making process in discipline of our children. I think we have provided an extremely liberal environment which sometimes is not very helpful in the manner in which we are moving our schools forward,” said Dr Matiang’i.
He went on : “We want greater responsibility in our children. We want to train and raise up our children to understand that it would reward if they are disciplined and committed to do the right thing at school. We will ensure the authority of the teacher and the school principal is respected and protected.”
He also blamed contests between local communities and school leaders on the emerging cases of school fires.
Dr Matiang’i said conflicts in schools cannot be resolved by burning the institutions, adding that the differences can be resolved amicably.
“I want to address my fellow citizens, some of the things we do are irresponsible. We have school environments where there are arguments about communities, headteachers, and boards of management. Quarrelling with somebody and foolishly taking it to the point of destroying school properties and engaging in criminal activities to make a point is not right,” said the CS
He said it is TSC that employs teachers and not villages, adding that TSC should be allowed to do its work.
From left: Knec Chairman George Magoha, Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i and Principal Secretary Belio Kipsang during a media briefing. Stakeholders will have a meeting on national exam dates. TSC chief executive Nancy Macharia.