Education Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed has ordered all principals and their deputies to reside within the school compound.
According to the CS, this is aimed to ensure safety of students as she put secondary school administrators on high alert following the recent spate of student unrest that has seen 10 dormitories torched in the second term.
Recently, there have been a couple of cases that have occurred despite this new rule. Isiolo Boys’ High School was closed due to students wrangles over choice of music, while 3 students were arrested from Pumwani Boys’ over alleged rape. The directive by Education CS to school principals to be attending to students concerns at any time is laudable.
The ministry now requires the principals to file daily reports on their schools security. The principals and boarding heads must reside in school quarters to ensure effective supervision of programmes and student behaviours. This is a big move towards curbing student unrest and fire outbreaks in schools.
Other unrest cases have been that of Anjego Secondary School where 150 students lost their belongings in a dorm fire on the morning of 23rd May.
We sure do hope that there will be less disciplinary cases and especially that of boys’ schools.
sources: Daily Nation, SDE