NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 29 – Nyamira Senator Kennedy Mong’are has called on Education CS Fred Matiang’i to form an ad hoc committee to probe the increasing cases of student unrest in schools.
The legislator says the committee if formed, should consist of stakeholders in the education sector and specialist in areas of psychology.
“The recent surge of student strikes in Kenya schools is alarming and if urgent and drastic measures are not undertaken by government especially the Ministry of Education and all stakeholders in the sector, ostensibly all in the society, the consequences will be far reaching and the damages will be irreparable,” he said.
He has also called on the ministry to dismiss and send notorious juvenile offenders to approved school where they will have to continue their studies from correctional centre’s and later recruit them to the National Youth Service.
Mong’are while addressing journalists on Tuesday further called for special training for school head teachers on modern ways of handling student’s grievances in line with the Constitution.
He said before any deterrent measure is taken, the CS should carry out a thorough research on, “for instance, whether the students were compromised by other incidental factors, drugs or peer pressure.”
On his part, Deputy President William Ruto said more mentorship programmes should be carried out in schools to address increasing cases of student unrest.
Ruto said it is through mentorship programmes that the core values of discipline, hard work and dignity among the youth can be restored.
“Cases of students burning schools dormitories because of indiscipline needs mentoring programmes so that they can know what is good and bad for the society,” he said.
He was addressing a team of a gospel television crew that preaches good morals and discipline among the youth, at his Karen office, Nairobi on Tuesday.
The Deputy President said mentorship programmes would go a long way in helping restore good moral values among the youth.
“We encourage more citizens to take their time to mentor young people and give back to the community as mentors,” said Ruto who was with his wife, Rachel.
He said a focused intervention program for high-risk children who are engaging in anti-social behaviour was critical for the development of youth.