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MP MUCHIRI calls for day schooling to avert arson in schools

 Manyatta Member of Parliament John Muchiri has called for a national debate on how boarding schools will be phased out to avert rampant school unrest.


Manyatta MP John Muchiri (in black suit) hands over a new school bus to DEB Iveche Primary School. Photo/BRIAN MUSYOKA

The MP said the ravaging unrests in schools is something that need to be looked at by all angles in order to reach a solution on how the problem will be addressed amicably.

Speaking while donating a 51- seater bus at DEB Iveche Primary school in his constituency, he said day schools were not witnessing arson in schools and they should be embraced all through.

"We need a national conversation on our boarding schools. There is need to ask ourselves if really boarding schools are important to us.

Why are we disadvantaging our day schools and they are doing well? Every county should have at least schools which our students can go there learn and go home daily," said Muchiri.

The second term MP stated that there were underlying factors influencing arson attacks in schools which need deep focus.

Destruction of property

Muchiri took issue with school administrations not creating good channel that will facilitate students to air their grievances well to prevent destruction of property in schools.

"Among the factors influencing this bad behaviour by students in schools is failure by teachers who have not been trained on how to manage students conduct at school and also poor parenting," noted Muchiri.

The legislator who is also eying Embu gubernatorial seat said abolishing of boarding schools will ensure parents have enough time with their children to give them moral guidance as teachers guide them academically.

ACK Bishop in Embu Diocese David Muriithi urged education stakeholders not to engage in blame games or push for corporal punishment but ensure good values are cultivated in students.

Bishop Muriithi urged students to utilize the opportunity they have in school to better their future lives and stop engaging in activities that will jeopardize their educational journey.

Members of Embu County Assembly Peter Muriithi (Mbeti North), Morris Nyaga (Kirimari), Lorna Kariuki (Nominated) and Martin Mwangi (nominated) urged parents to give advice to their children on consequences of bad behaviours in school.


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