Magoha, Matiang'i Push for Reintroduction of Caning in Schools

  • File Photo of Students Being Caned Following an Indiscipline Incident
    File Photo of Students Being Caned Following an Indiscipline Incident
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  • Education Cabinet Secretary, George Magoha, and his Interior counterpart, Fred Matiang'i, are now mulling plans to reintroduce caning in schools.

    Speaking during an event on Monday, December 6, the two CSs insisted that only the re-introduction of corporal punishment will tame the ever-increasing cases of indiscipline and schools unrest in the country.

    "We need to introduce caning back in schools like yesterday… do not expect our teachers to do the impossible," Magoha stated.

    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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    The same sentiments were echoed by CS Matiang'i, who made it clear that the government has had enough of the indiscipline cases in schools.

    "We must discipline our children and we must insist on some things we cannot create a society of animals. So our work is to build schools as they burn them down? It's tough love, our children must understand one thing that it takes sacrifice from parents to get these things," Matiang'i noted.

    Taking a swipe at human rights activists who were against corporal punishments, Matiang'i alluded to the holy bible to drive his point home.

    "I am not a subscriber of those things of human rights of the child, because the Bible says spare the rod and spoil the child, I want us to start talking how we will discipline our children," added Matiang'i.

    Magoha further castigated the students stating that some of them even want to hurt their teachers and other education stakeholders.

    "Which human rights are those when you want to burn your colleagues in the halls, and that will lead to the talks of whether we still need boarding schools in the country," Magoha questioned.

    The plan to reintroduce corporal punishment comes barely days after Maranda High School was torched on Sunday, December 5.

    Students from the same institution had been sent home just a week earlier after schools administration obtained information on their plot to burn down one of the dormitories.

    Meanwhile, in Chesamisi High School, 11 students have been slapped with a bail term of Ksh1 million for torching down the institution.

    The school property destroyed was valued at Ksh7.5 million, forcing the court to detain them until December 20 when their case will be mentioned.

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    Interior CS Fred Matiang'i addresses delegates at the National Miraa Scientific Conference held in Nairobi on Wednesday, October 27, 2021
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