School principals urged to take charge of student’s safety

School principals have been urged to take charge of their school security to cushion students against preventable accidents and injuries.

Education Cabinet Secretary (CS), Dr. Fred Matiang’i while addressing principals at Nduru Boys Secondary School in Gucha Sub County on Monday said second term of the school calendar had various extra-curricular activities which involved a lot of movements and teachers must prioritize student’s safety and security.

You must thoroughly vet the suitability of the drivers who transport your children to various sporting events and ensure they adhere to set rules and regulations by the Ministry of Transport to avoid road accidents, he advised.

The CS also said overloading students into vehicles was criminal offence and not allowed by law, and that it compromises on student’s safety and comfort, while travelling to participate in sporting activities.

He further warned that students need to be protected against political influence, noting that this being a campaign season, teachers should not accept their school grounds to be used as political battle grounds because this may be misconstrued to mean they were skewed towards a particular political affiliation, which may create tension for learners and workers in the school.

Do not allow yourselves to be lured by politicians who give empty promises or publicly associate yourselves closely with political affiliate because you are likely to be wrongly branded yet you are serving all people irrespective of their political inclinations or affiliations, he counseled.

The area County Commissioner, Samuel Njora who accompanied the CS echoed the same sentiments and told school principals to always report any security issue immediately they notice them, so that the security team can use their expertise to arrest the situation before it gets out of hand.

He further advised school principals to ensure discipline is strictly adhered to and ensure measures were in place to enable easy detection of insecurity within school compounds.

The CS made a tour to various schools in Gucha South Sub-County where he challenged teachers to responsibly make use of resources allocated to them by government to ensure that decent infrastructure which make learning environment conducive were available.

Source: Kenya News Agency