• The ministry of Education banned corporal punishment in schools in 2021.
• The act is unlawful under the 2010 Constitution 2010 and is prohibited in the Basic Education Act 2013.
A video has emerged online of a primary school pupil decrying inhumane corporal punishment at his school over 'poor performance.'
The pupil who said he is a class 8 candidate at Nyamninia public day and boarding school in Yala township ward, Siaya county, was filmed narrating how he was severely whipped by two teachers for failing to score 400 marks in an exam.
"Nimejaribu kuvumilia lakini hata ukivumilia ndio wanazidi kukuchapa (I have tried to persevere but the more I persevere the more I'm beaten," the boy said amid sobs.
The Ministry of Education banned corporal punishment in schools in 2001.
The act is unlawful under the Constitution and is prohibited in the Basic Education Act, 2013. But the behaviour is still persistent in some schools.
The boy in the video said he was contemplating dropping out of school or even worse, end his life as he cannot take the punishment anymore.
"Nimevumilia 11 years in that school na mimi sasa nimechoka. Afadhali sasa hata ujiue kuliko kufikiria vitu mingi (I have persevered for 11 years in that school. I would rather end my life than think about a lot of things)," he said.
In the undated video, the boy displayed the injuries left on his back and thighs following the whipping.
"Due to 400 marks, nachapwa hivi. I think I should be able to achieve what I have already gotten but now if they want to force 400 in me and I can't achieve it what will I do?" he posed.
The boy who was narrating his ordeal to what appeared like casual labourers at a construction site was in socks but without shoes.
Asked what happened to his shoes, he said he ran and left them behind as the teachers called for reinforcement to continue whipping him.
He said he has not known peace at the school since the corporal punishment started.
The boy further revealed that his predicament has been worsened by the fact that food rations at the school are too small.
"Sijakula. Kama wamepakuwa na teacher anasema ati urudishe hiyo chakula ni mingi. Chakula ni tu kidogo hushibi, kiboko pia ndio hizo unagongwa tu saa zote."
(I haven't eaten. When food is served, the teacher says you should reduce it because it's a lot. The food is little and the whipping happens all the time)
The video attracted uproar from Twitter users with a section condemning the act.
While some said they went through worse during the primary school days, others termed it a human rights violation and called for stern action against the teachers involved.
Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha has said on numerous occasions that no child should be made to repeat a class on the basis of poor performance.
He said the Competency Based Curriculum (CBC) was introduced primarily to cure the habit of children cramming concepts purely for purposes of passing exams and not acquiring skills.