Bishop decries spate of arson in schools
Manyatta Member of Parliament John Muchiri has called for a national debate on how boarding schools will be faced out to avert rampant school unrest.
The MP said the ravaging unrest in schools is something that needs to be looked at by all angles and 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’s 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 a need to ask ourselves if truly boarding schools are important for 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 to learn and go home daily," Muchiri said.
In the second term, MP stated that there were underlying factors influencing arson attacks in schools that need deep focus.
Muchiri took issue with school administrations not creating a good channel that will facilitate students’ to air their grievances well to prevent the destruction of property in schools.
"Among the factors influencing this bad behaviour by students in schools is a failure by teachers who have not been trained on how to manage students at school and also poor parenting,” Muchiri noted.
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 the blame game or push for corporal punishment but ensure good values are installed 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 the consequences of bad behaviours in school.