Teachers Link Students' Lavish Lifestyles to School Fires

  • Parents take their form one student at Maranda High School in a helicopter, on August 3, 2021.
    Parents take their form one student at Maranda High School in a helicopter, on August 3, 2021.
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  • School heads have faulted parents for exposing their children to lavish and comfortable lifestyles while at home, arguing that such lifestyles lead to errant behaviours. 

    Speaking during an interview with a local radio station, the Kenya Secondary School Heads Association (KESSHA) Rarieda branch chairman, James Okoyo, stated that these types of lifestyles are the main causes of unrest in schools.

    He noted that being so comfortable at home makes students want to go back over and over again, resulting in uncouth behaviour. 

    “Most children would always want to do something that would send them back home because the majority of parents have put them in a luxurious life with access to everything that they would want including a mobile phone,” Okoyo lamented.

    Fire razes down dormitory at Vihiga Boys on October 15, 2021
    Fire razes down dormitory at Vihiga Boys on October 15, 2021
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    The chairperson proceeded to say that such parents usually lack control over their children, making these students even abuse drugs.

    This, he says, is another major cause of indiscipline in schools as the children end up using substances that have been outlawed and causing unnecessary unrests in the learning institutions.

    Okoyo, who is also the Principal of Ramba Boys High School, proposed that in order to contain these students in school, the parents need to play the biggest role by ensuring that their kids are not very comfortable at home. 

    He advised that parents must handle their children with strictness and stop allowing them access to anything they want. 

    Okoyo further urged the parents to ensure that their children are involved in meaningful activities which will help them be responsible in schools. 

    His proposal comes at a time when school fires have become rampant with 31 schools having burnt down in just one term.

    As a result, many schools have been forced to close down indefinitely, disrupting learning in these schools. 

    The Cabinet Secretary for Education, George Magoha, warned that the government will not be responsible for the fire breakouts in schools. 

    Education CS George Magoha speaking at a KICD conference in Nairobi on Tuesday, September 14, 2021
    Education CS George Magoha speaking at a KICD conference in Nairobi on Tuesday, September 14, 2021
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