‘Board­ing and Day Schools’

The East African - - OPINION - Stephen Part­ing­ton stepart­ing­ton@ya­hoo.co.uk

And so, a fire has downed an­other dorm, And nine young lives are gone. The par­ents are dis­traught, the teach­ers lost. Once more, I sing this song. Each year, each term, the non­sense rears its head And takes an­other life. It’s time we moved to day schools; board­ing’s wrong. Our kids must all sur­vive. A child is reared much bet­ter when at home To grow with mum and dad. The state must build more schools for us to use. Our board­ing sys­tem’s mad. Our teach­ers are pro­fes­sion­als, and care, But even they have lives, A need to raise their own, not oth­ers’, kids. No other child should die. We all ap­pre­ci­ate, and un­der­stand Why board­ing schools ex­ist. But each dark night, we’d rather have our kids At home, and safe, with us.

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