STUDENT UNREST

100% transition could be to blame for school fires, says Knut

He said the 100 per cent transition even crooks and students who are indiscipline find their way in schools and have caused pressure on fellow students on peer pressure.

In Summary
  • More than 30 schools have reported fires caused by students, with a number of learners in police custody
  • Oyuu dismisses calls to abolish boarding schools as shallow and uncalled for 
KNUT Secretary General Collins Oyuu at Awendo East SDA church on Saturday
SCHOOL DISCIPLINE KNUT Secretary General Collins Oyuu at Awendo East SDA church on Saturday
Image: MANUEL ODENY,

Knut has called for a review of the 100 per cent transition policy, saying it might be a contributor to the wave of school fires. 

Secretary general Collins Oyuu on Saturday said the policy has led to high enrolment in schools, straining infrastructure

“The full transition is part of major factors contributing to school fires as infrastructures are strained, with dormitories and dining halls turned into triple-decker dorms. Teacher to students ratio has been strained as well,” he said.

Speaking in Awendo, Oyuu urged the Education ministry to involve all stakeholders in investigating and finding solutions to the fires. 

More than 30 schools have reported fires caused by students, with a number of learners in police custody.

Oyuu said indisciplined children have ended up in schools, thanks to the policy, and they put pressure on disciplined students. 

“We need teachers and schools administrations to always ask parents about the discipline of their children, especially those they suspect to be crooks. Parents should also alert teachers about indisciplined children,” he said.

Oyuu dismissed calls to abolish boarding schools as shallow and uncalled for. 

“We have parents who are outside the country and having boarding schools is the best for them. Teachers have the capacity to manage boarding schools. If all boarding schools are closed, will day schools also be closed when fire persists?” he said.

Oyuu denied claims that the Knut leadership signed and approved the Teachers Professional Development plan by the Teachers Service Commission.

“Teachers should be disciplined in airing their grievances through proper channels. [This way they] will go a long way in being role models to students,” he said.

Oyuu said the media may have reported cases of teachers who say the recent transfers by the TSC were punitive, but the union is yet to receive any formal complaint.

He said the new Knut leadership has adopted quiet diplomacy in dealing with the TSC rather than “making noise without proper agenda. We are offering genuine leadership for professionals instead of making noise.”

Edited by Josephine M. Mayuya