To Ban the Mocks is to Surrender to Arsonists [editorial]

Most secondary school students appear to want mock exams banned.

The mocks are cited as the main reason for a spate of boarding school arsons and other disturbances timed to coincide with the second term tests.

This widespread unrest is allegedly the result of the pressures of preparation for and fear of failure at the ongoing mocks.

The mocks are an examination tradition borrowed from Britain to prepare KCPE and KCSE candidates for the real exams in third term.

It is therefore surprising that the Education minister has hopped onto the anti-mocks bandwagon.

The banning calls should be given short shrift and the dormitory fires and other crimes must be investigated.

The perpetrators should be prosecuted and given deterrent punishment.

A dormitory arsonist is a potential future terrorist.

Burning down parts of your school just because you reckon the mocks are harder than the actual KSCE is both anti-social and wrongheaded.

As for the education sector managers at the ministry and other institutions, they are not paying enough attention to dialogue, counselling and timely interventions.

There is talk throughout the secondary school system that the bureaucrats only visit at times of crisis and only “to bring punishment with them”.

A better approach to organised schools’ unrest and criminal behaviour is needed, one that tackles the root causes and does so early.

Quote of the day: “Grown-ups never understand anything for themselves, and it is tiresome for children to be always and forever explaining things to them.” – French writer Antoine de Saint-Exupeacute;ry died on July 31, 1944