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Magoha: Corporal Punishment Must Be Re-Introduced In Schools

Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha has urged the government to reintroduce corporal punishment in schools since it is the surest way of arresting the rising cases of indiscipline among learners.

In his quest, the CS noted that children should not be allowed excessive freedom as it is in the current times.

He urged parents to discipline and give direction to their children rather than just leaving the whole task to teachers. It is however in the public domain that Corporal punishment was banned in 2001 and  Children’s Act was enacted to protect children.

“We need to re-introduce canning in schools like yesterday and parents should discipline children and stop expecting our teachers to do the impossible. It is possible to discipline our children and be assertive to them to remain children,” he said.

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Magoha was presiding over the launch of the re-engineered National Education Management Information System (Nemis) at Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development, where he urged stakeholders to start a national conversation on parenting and discipline in schools.

“We shall not handle children with kid gloves. It is not time for children to dictate what is supposed to be done. We cannot give children what they want. They must be directed to live a normal life,” stated the CS.

Magoha’s concerns followed a fire incident that destroyed property at Kisumu Boys High School. While addressing the Press, the CS affirmed that parents would have to bear the cost of the damages following the fire incident that came two days after schools re-opened for Second Term.

“We have buried our heads in the sand for too long, especially from the point of view of parenting. If you want to know the challenges we have in parenting, talk to school principals,” he said.

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