Education Associates Question Abolition of Corporal Punishment in the Proposed Education Reforms
Education Associates Question Abolition of Corporal Punishment in the Proposed Education Reforms. Stakeholders in Thika continue to react negatively to the recommendations of the Presidential Working Committee on Education Sector Reforms, wondering why canning was not reinstated in schools.
Many interested parties demanded the return of caning and questioned the committee’s decision.
At a gathering of the Gatumaini Primary School alumni association on Saturday in Thika, they said that the prohibition on canning will keep educational institutions destroyed as a result of indiscipline and drug addiction.
If the education industry is to be changed, caning should be returned in schools, according to Mr. James Kabugu Ngige and Ms. Monicah Ndirangu, who cited its critical role in determining a child’s future.
“One of the main recommendations made by the majority of committee stakeholders was the reintroduction of caning. We were aware that it would lower student substance abuse and disrespect. However, it has been disregarded. We believe the Ministry of Education would give this some thought,” Ngige added.
Parents praised the subject decrease, saying it will relieve pupils of the strain of carrying around numerous books and the amount of subjects they face.
The committee cut from 14 to 9 the number of junior secondary topics. Seven subjects will be offered in lower primary schools, down from nine, and eight subjects in upper primary schools, down from twelve.
They recommended that the number of subjects be decreased even more so that students could specialize.
In order to improve the morale of teachers and pupils, Prof. Charles Musyoki, the chairman of Gatumaini Primary School, invited graduates to volunteer at their former organizations.
The government, according to another former teacher, Ms. Teresia Njeri, should not be delaying teachers’ retirement payments since they are maturing too slowly and putting retired teachers at a disadvantage.
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