Reintroduction of caning in school by Magoha is an admission of failure – Wilson Sossion
Wilson Sossion, former Secretary-General of the Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT), has blamed indiscipline in schools on poor leadership in the education sector.
Sossion claimed on KTN News on Tuesday evening that the education docket has been ignored for far too long, with little to no progress to show for it.
“Kenya’s education sector is craving very bold leadership. If we don’t fix it, we will continue going round in circles,” he said.
The nominated MP, who is opposed to the reintroduction of caning in schools, chastised Education Cabinet Secretary Prof. George Magoha for supporting the reinstatement of corporal punishment in learning centres, calling it an “admission of failure.”
“The CS should be declared completely out of order, especially when he talks of reintroducing the cane… which Kenya, as a signatory to the UN international convention, signed to outlaw. It is an admission of failure,” he said.
He went on to say that, given the recent spate of unrest and school fires, both the Education and Interior ministers had failed in their duties.
“As we witness the escalation of schools burning, and we look at the language, demeanour of the minister for education and interior, it tells us that we have a lot of homework to do.
Manyasa agreed with Sossion that the biggest challenge in the sector is leadership, which he described as “going beyond the Ministry of Education.”
Education CS Magoha and his Interior counterpart Fred Matiang’i had previously stated that caning misbehaving students could be the solution to a recent spate of incidents in schools across the country, including arson attacks on some institutions.
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However, some education stakeholders have objected to the recommendations, calling for a national dialogue to address issues affecting public schools.
Matiang’i warned that no student found guilty will be spared.