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Parents blamed for learners indiscipline

Parents have been blamed for failing to offer proper guidance to their children leading to criminal activities that have been witnessed in various schools in the recent past.

Kisii County Education of Director, Pius Ngoma said  misconduct was another major cause of arson, assaults and murder among other incidents that have been reported.

Speaking today to KNA in his office in Kisii town, Ngoma blamed poor parenting including uncontrolled viewing of television programmes and online content through mobile phones which expose students to violent behavior making it difficult for teachers to manage them.

Ngoma also accused teachers of failing to understand their students before punishing them, causing animosity amongst them.

Ngoma urged parents to guide their children accordingly and asked the community, such as churches, to support parents in  children’s upbringing. He also called for responsible media reporting to avoid ripple effect.

Speaking separately, parents in Kisii town blamed themselves for failing to be good role models to their children so that they can become useful members in the society.

James Nyamweya, 60 accused some parents of being too lenient on their children while Gladys Kemunto blamed some parents and teachers for inciting the learners to commit crime.

Speaking on phone, Professor Godia High School Principal in Vihiga County, Evans Angwenyi, decried time wasted after such incidents occur, leading to schools closure.

Angwenyi said students also suffer psychologically after losing their property making them lose concentration in class.

Angwenyi recommended regular interaction with students to listen to their grievances and advised school administrators to avoid postponing solutions for students’ complaints.

by Jane Naitore

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