New Punishment for Students Who Burn Schools Announced

  • Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang'i on Monday issued tough rules following the rampant burning of schools in the past one month.

    Speaking at the Kenya Institute of Curriculum development (KICD), Matiang'i emphatically stated that culprits from the said schools will not be allowed to transfer to other institutions.

    He noted that a student seeking transfer will need an approval letter from the Sub-County Directors of Education.

    Matiang'i said that his Ministry would not allow learners involved in the burning of schools to spread their bad behaviour to other institutions.

    “Make sure no head teacher should admit a transferring student without the clearance from a Sub-County Director of Education. If you are transferring your child from school A to school B, in addition to the leaving certificate you must have a letter from the Sub-County Director of Education to confirm that your child has not been burning schools and you are moving him around to burn more schools,” Matiang'i stated.

    The CS noted that parents will bear the cost of damages incurred by students in schools.

    “Government funds will not be spent on repairing schools destroyed by students in the recent spate of violence,”  he said.

    The new directives come two days after students of Itierio Boys School set 10 dormitories ablaze after they were denied a chance to watch a match in the ongoing Euro 2016 tournament.

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    Matiang'i condemned the spate of arson attacks stating: “We also must encourage our children to live responsibly. Why did they not sit in the field and say, ‘We are not going to class because we have not been allowed to watch a football match," Why didn’t they say ‘we will sit in this hall and not go to sleep".

    Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) Secretary General, Wilson Sossion had earlier indicated that the stringent regulation by Matiang'i had sparked tension leading to student unrests.

    The KNUT leader added that students were protesting against the long second term introduced by the Cabinet Secretary.

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