What has gone into our schools? What has entered the penny heads on high-school students in Kenya? Is what is happening normal or there is need for a divine intervention?
Within a span of one week, a total of six schools have gone up in flames with the latest being Givole high school in Vihiga.
In one of the schools, students are said to have set in flames seven dormitories after the school administration denied them from watching the Euro 2016 football showdown that is happening in France.
In another school, students went for the dormitories and set them ablaze after they complained of poorly cooked vegetables and the trend has now sent shivers down the spines of stakeholders.
The Cabinet Secretary for Education Dr. Fred Matiang’i is breathing fire concerning the issue. The irony of Dr. Matiang’i’s tough talk is that one of the schools, Nyamache Secondary School burned down hours after the tough talking doctor had just had a talk with them.
“These are not juvenile students anymore. These are juvenile criminals. They should be in jail so that they can conduct their studies from prison,” said Dr. Matiang’i yesterday while attending prize giving day at Ngara Girls School.
Cases of students burning down schools has revived memories of the past where students around the country went on rampage complaining of the difficult nature of Mock Examinations.
Mr. Baraza Tomkim, a teacher at Alliance Boys School believes that there is massive lack of morals and discipline in many schools around the country.
“Nowadays, students are like small terrorists. They listen to no advice at all. All they are good at is dancing, engaging in sexual activities and any mention of books drives them mad,” he said.
According to Tomkim, there is need for school administration to conduct a severe counseling of students from people of good morals.
David Burudi, a journalist and a parent blames the current breed of role models as a source of moral decay in our schools.
Education is key to the growth of any economy of any country around the world. When education ails, economy ails and the fact that high school kids are the ones who end up in institutions of high learning, the future seems deem.