NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 4 – A survey done among the public shows that most of them want the government to establish forums where students are able to air their grievances as part of measures to quell unrest in schools.
The findings are based on data collected last month by non-governmental organizations focusing on children Twaweza and Sauti za Wananchi, according to John Mugo, a director in one of the organisations.
“We want the voice of the children to be heard so that we can hear their side as to why they are doing this; they must have something to say,” he said.
In a survey targeting 1,783 respondents, 34 percent supported the forums, while 24 percent said they prefer guidance and counselling as a way to end the wave of fires affecting more than 100 schools across the country.
A further 19 percent want corporal punishment re-introduced in schools to help instil discipline amongst students.
“Canning and closing schools are deficits in the country, we should be reporting the schools that have not been burnt so that we can solve this bad behaviour,” he said.
17 percent preferred teachers and parents to deliberate on the way forward and Mugo responded to this stating the parents should take their time to talk to their children educating them that they are the ones to suffer in the long run.
When citizens were asked whether they have heard about changes in the education sector, 52 percent said yes while 48 percent did not have an idea.
“Among those who said they are aware of the changes 30 percent responses given were incorrect,” Mugo said.
Emmanuel Manyasa said there was likelihood that the students are not the ones who burnt the schools.
“We should listen to the students and let them tell us what really caused the fires hence the need of open dialogue between parents, teachers and students,” he said.
He encouraged parents to buy books for their children to enable them to read at home especially at this moment because they are not in school.
“Knowledge is power, and we can only get this knowledge from books so students should take their time to read well,” he said.