Dialogue with students, says Kenya VP

March 26, 2009 12:00 am

, KITENGELA, Kenya, Mar 26 – Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka has urged Secondary School Headteachers to open dialogue with students on the dangers of negative ethnicity as a way of fighting impunity in the country.

Mr Musyoka said youths at secondary school level were most likely to be influenced to engage in violence and therefore need to be counselled on how to shun the vice.

He said the quota system implemented in schools restricted students from going to school within their communities therefore robbing them of the sense of nationalism.

"It lowers standards and denies Kenyans from mingling freely," the Vice President added.

The Vice President noted that the system should be abolished in order to allow students to study in any part of the country, saying that Kiswahili should be taught to all for national cohesion to be achieved.

Mr Musyoka made the remarks on Thursday when he addressed Kenya Secondary Schools Heads Association (KSSHA) Coast Branch at Technology Development Centre (TDC), in Athi River, Kathiani district.

He told the teachers to emulate the example of Starehe Boys where dialogue between teachers and students has ensured that students do not go on strike.

The Vice President said it was important for teachers to dialogue with students to ensure incidents of student’s unrest witnessed last year do not occur this year.

At the same time, Mr Musyoka said headteachers should serve in any part of the country, adding that teachers should be part of the healing process by teaching students to be nationalists.

He challenged teachers to educate the youth to embrace the rule of law, tolerance to one another and treat one another as Kenyans.

The Vice President said the grand coalition government was committed to providing affordable education to all as a basic human right.

He commended the headtechears for achieving quality grades during last year’s examinations.

Coast Provincial Director of Education, Alex Tom Majani appealed to the government to put in place measures that would hinder drug dealers, pointing out that youths were the most affected.

He said the drug dealers were not ordinary people thus the need to have laws to arrest the culprits.


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