BULLYING IN SCHOOLS WILL NOT BE TOLERATED, WARNS KENYA’S EDUCATION MINISTER

NAIROBI, Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary (Minister) for Education, Dr. Fred Matiang’i, has warned that the government will not tolerate bullying of students in schools, which should instead create a favorable environment for learning where students are happy and confident individuals.

There is no one we cannot deal with when it comes to the safety of our children in schools, Dr. Matiang’i said when he performed at various projects at the Alliance High School near here Wednesday. The school, founded by the Presbyterian Church, was the first to offer secondary school education to Africans.

The government has spent 140 million shillings (about 1.35 million US dollars) to build a 432-bed hostel, six classrooms and an extension of the dining hall to cater to the increased enrollment of students at the school.

Dr. Matiang’i hailed Alliance High School was one of the defining landmarks in the provision of basic education in the country.

We have an obligation to ensure the best learning environment is provided to these young Kenyans, he said, noting that the school should look forward and learn from experiences it had to improve the environment in which children learn.

He urged managers of educational institutions in Kenya to raise children in a responsible manner, saying the education they give students should produce well-rounded children not just smart kids.

Dr. Matiang’i challenged students to be disciplined and provide care and mentorship to young students and those newly enrolled in schools. Mentor your brothers. Don’t bully them, he urged, saying they cannot amount to anything if they are not disciplined.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK