Kenya National Union of Teachers Secretary General Wilson Sossion has refuted claims made by the Cabinet Secretary in charge of Education Amb Amina Mohamed that students are burning schools because they are afraid of exams.
CS Amina Mohamed had alluded to the possibility of fear of exams by the students as the cause of the burning of schools.
Sossion blamed the burning of schools on what he referred to as the unnecessary transfer of school heads who have been overseeing proper management of their institutions.
”You cannot tell me Maranda High School fear exams, they don’t fear exams, a principal who was doing well was transferred,” Sossion said.
He said teachers should not be blamed for the rampant school fires but those who sanctioned the transfer of school heads destabilized operations in schools.
“Teachers shall not take responsibility because we are not part of it, whoever initiated the transfers and destabilization should take responsibility,” he said.
Several schools have been set ablaze across the country disrupting learning activities and causing damages worth millions in properties as well as endangering lives. Hundreds of students have been arrested in connection with the school fires and parents will be forced to bear the burden of costs incurred from the damages.
Meanwhile, CS Amina Mohamed has urged Early Childhood Development Education (ECDE) Teachers to inculcate rectitude on children to prepare them well for the future to avoid vile behaviors.
Speaking during a meeting with ECDE Teachers and various stakeholders from the 47 counties in the country at the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development in Nairobi, Amina urged the ECDE teachers to give proper guidance on good behavior to students to avoid bad behaviours such as the burning of schools currently witnessed in the country.
“If everything is done right at the ECDE level we will not be facing some of the challenges we are facing today, where we are all blaming one another for the mistakes that are being made by our children,” Amina said.
Amina said ECDE is a priority area and her ministry will pay close attention to the sub sector. She said her ministry will work closely with county governments to support the full implementation of ECDE.
“If we get it right, we will get our country right, if we get it wrong, we will continue investing and not reaping the benefits of our investment,” she said.
On tuition, Amina has cautioned against keeping students in school for continued teaching when the schools close for holidays. He warned that stern action will be taken against any teacher who violates the directive.
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