Magoha to Reintroduce Caning, Blood Tests in Schools

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    CS Education Prof George Magoha takes part in the groundbreaking ceremony of the Ksh 100million Eluid Kipchoge Library at Kapsisiywa Primary School in Nandi County on September 16, 2020
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  • Education CS George Magoha has championed reintroduction of caning back in schools to curb the rising cases of indiscipline among students. 

    Magoha addressed the media on Thursday, January 28, at St Joseph's Nyabururu Primary School in Kisii County. 

    He said that corporal punishment may aid to reduce criminal activities. His sentiments come on the backdrop of students burning dormitories and attacking teachers with crude weapons.

    The CS added that the strategy, which was outlawed in 2001, was one of the policies he wants to be implemented in schools. Section 191 (2) of the Children's Act dictates that no child offender shall be subjected to corporal punishment. 

    Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha at a school in Nyeri on October 28, 2020.
    Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha at a school in Nyeri on October 28, 2020.
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    "Learners will not commit crimes and walk scot-free. We shall ensure that these situations are neutralised before they escalate. 

    "They must be caned and we shall authorise teachers to punish them," Magoha said. 

    Furthermore, he affirmed that the Ministry was partnering with the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) to investigate incidents in school and arrest culprits who will face the full wrath of the law. 

    The other strategies being considered by the CS are posting chaplains to schools and conducting random blood tests on students. The tests will ascertain whether students are abusing drugs. 

    Magoha disclosed that a number of unruly students were peddling and selling drugs to their colleagues. 

    "We shall soon start random visits to schools to conduct blood tests and any student who shall test positive will be expelled," he declared and warned headteachers from admitting the said students.

    The National Authority for the Campaign Against Alcohol and Drug Abuse (NACADA) disclosed that four-year-old pupils were among school children who are addicted to drugs

    It added that the number of drug abusers in schools had risen as primary and secondary school-going children had easy access to illegal substances. 

    Director of Criminal Investigations George Kinoti addresses the media on Thursday, March 5, 2020.
    Director of Criminal Investigations George Kinoti addresses the media on Thursday, March 5, 2020.
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