Teach­ers urged to step up stu­dents’ su­per­vi­sion to curb un­rest in schools

Daily Nation (Kenya) - - NATIONAL NEWS - BY OUMA WANZALA owan­zala@ke.na­tion­media.com

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.

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