Call for use of dialogue to combat schools’ unrest

Kwanza MP Ferdinand Wanyonyi (center) in the company of his Kitutu Chache counterpart Richard Onyonka (second left). Mr. Wanyonyi flagged off two school buses. Photo/Courtesy

The head of the Catholic diocese in Kitale Bishop Maurice Anthony Crowley has called for the need to subject students to periodic mental examination exercises to address rising cases of rowdiness.

Bishop Crowley said the latest misconduct which has seen students attack their teachers in several schools coupled with cases of rampage call for the approach  to unravel the root cause.

“Learners have to be subjected to mental assessment by counselors to identify traits that require to be contained before they escalate to uncontrollable cases of indiscipline that have far reaching consequences,” he spoke in Kitale.

A number of secondary schools in the country have been closed indefinitely following a move by students to destroy property to express their anger in some decisions taken by the management of the institutions.

Separately, Kwanza MP Ferdinand Wanyonyi said the growth of indiscipline cases among learners in the country is a reflection of the parental guidance aspect which is key in ensuring the children are brought up well.

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“There is a need by parents to stress the importance of discipline among learners. Schools must also incorporate the services of religious leaders for spiritual nourishment to combat waywardness,” said Mr. Wanyonyi.

The legislator spoke while flagging off two school buses for St. Maurice Lunyu Boys and St. Maurice Lunyu girls.

The MP also condemned leaders who are banking on using youths to heckle their opponents saying such activities are archaic and against the spirit of democracy which calls for accommodation of divergent views.

“We call on security officials to reign in on leaders who are invoking violence to undermine their opponents. They should be issue based instead of using old ways of attacking opponents,” he said.