UPROOT VICE

Bring back life skills lessons to eject drugs from the root

Youth turn to drugs due to inevitable pressure they haven't been taught to handle

In Summary

• Teachers 'utilise' PE lesson to extend their class. 

• Youth are under pressure to complete education just to go home and lack jobs. 

Residents holds drugs posters during an anti-drug campaign in Mombasa in the past.
MANDATORY LESSONS: Residents holds drugs posters during an anti-drug campaign in Mombasa in the past.
Image: FILE

The biggest barrier to succeeding in the war on drug abuse is that we don't fight the vice from the roots. 

With the current state of the economy and lack of jobs in the country, students in secondary and tertiary institutions are faced with the dilemma of completing their education to stay unemployed or start money-making ventures while still in school. This is a lot of pressure for a young person just starting to make their own decisions for their future. 

But with proper life skills lessons at an early stage, these youth can manage this pressure much better hence avoiding getting into drugs and their trafficking. 

But teachers nowadays 'utilise' the free or PE lessons to extend their class for better academic grades not realising the importance of life skills to youth. If the learners are taught religiously like other lessons, these skills will help them deal with inevitable pressure as they progress. 

 

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