Kenya: Ministry to Use Chaplains in Addressing Indiscipline in Schools

The Ministry of Education has embarked on establishing a scheme of service for chaplains to address rising cases of indiscipline in schools.

Speaking at St Mary’s Girls’ High School Igoji in Meru on Friday, Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i said the Ministry has agreed with religious leaders on institutionalising chaplaincy.

He said the upcoming framework will also seek to improve guidance and counselling in secondary schools.

Dr Matiang’i disclosed that he has engaged the National Council of Churches in Kenya, Evangelical Churches and the Supreme Council of Kenya Muslims on the challenges facing students and how they can be addressed effectively.

“We sat with religious leaders to see how we can address the spiritual needs of our children. We will work with formally established faith-based organisations to have chaplains in all schools,” he said.

The CS said there is need for serious national conversation on responsibility, urging parents to play their role by advising to their children.

At the same time, he assured teachers that the government is committed to fast tracking the implementation of the collective bargaining agreement (CBA), as he ordered headteachers to solve shortage of books by the end of the year.

“We will remain focused in implementing the issues agreed upon with teachers…..this is the last time we are talking about shortage of learning materials in schools. We have given out enough money to ensure we achieve the 1:1 book to student ratio.”

Source: The Nation