We will not tolerate bullying in schools, says Dr.Matiang’i

The government will not tolerate bullying of students in schools, Education Cabinet Secretary (CS), Dr. Fred Matiang’i has said.

Matiang’i said schools should create a favourable 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, he said.

The CS was speaking moments after commissioning three projects at Alliance High School on Wednesday, flanked by the Acting Director General of Education, Robert Masese, the Director for Quality Assurance and Standards, Pius Mutisya, the Chairman of the schools Board of Management, Sammy Muita, the School Principal, William Mwangi and the Chairman of the National Parents Association of Kenya, David Maiyo.

The government has spent Sh.140million to build a 432 bed capacity dormitory, six classrooms and the extension of the dining hall to take care of the increased enrolment of students at the school.

Matiang’i hailed Alliance High School as 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 past experiences, so as to further improve on the learning environment for the children.

The CS challenged managers of educational institutions to raise children in a responsible manner, saying the education they give students should produce whole rounded human beings not just smart kids.

He further said the government will establish chaplaincy in all secondary schools to meet the pastoral needs of the students.

Matiang’i, however, challenged students to be disciplined and provide care and mentorship to young students and those newly enrolled in schools.

Mentor the children. Don’t bully them, the CS implored, saying students cannot amount to anything if they were not disciplined.

He said the government had disbursed Sh. 6billion to construct over 2000 new classrooms, 1000 science laboratories and 1,000 ablution blocks in 2,700 secondary schools.

The CS further said the infrastructure improvements was part of the program of 100 per cent transition the government was undertaking to upgrade and expand facilities in secondary schools, to accommodate more students in an enabling environment.

Source: Kenya News Agency