Kilifi south MP Ken Chonga has blamed poor communication as the main cause of school unrest in the country.
Speaking in Vipingo after dishing bursaries worth Ksh 18 million to 3000 students in Colleges and Universities, Chonga said most students go on rampage after a breakdown of communication.
The MP initiated forums to engage students, parents and teachers to curb indiscipline cases,
“School unrest can only be addressed if parents and teachers change the approach in addressing students wayward behaviours. Sometimes these students have genuine concerns but they are using the wrong channel of addressing it and these are some of the issues that prompted me to form this initiative. I will be visiting their schools and have some conversation with them,” he said.
Chonga said it is through such forums that both teachers and students will voice their concerns.
The forums come in the wake of some arson and school unrest in Kilifi County.
Already, three schools in Ganze and Kaloleni have been closed due to unrest.
In Ganze Sub-County, Ganze Boys secondary school dormitory was gutted by fire, leading to massive losses worth millions of shillings. School management was forced to close the learning institution.
Other schools are Ngala Memorial and Mariakani secondary school in Kaloleni sub-county.
He urged school administrations to always engage the students whenever they want to implement a new policy that will affect them.
“These students need to be heard. They need to be involved in some of the implementation but in most of the time they are ignored,” said Chonga.
He cautioned parents against siding with their children whenever they are apprehended for wrong doing
“My message to parents and teachers is to ensure our students whether in school or outside school, receive the best moral behaviours with a view to molding them into responsible people. The responsibility of instilling discipline to a child is a collective responsibility,” he added.
Kilifi South NG-CDF chairman Richard Mwambura said indiscipline and poor performing students risk losing scholarship funds.
He vowed not to allow unruly scholarship beneficiaries waste funds which would have otherwise help other hardworking and needy students.
“Our priority as a committee is to better the education of our children and anyone found to be under-performing or has some cases of indiscipline definitely will cut off his or her scholarship. We will not sit back and watch this money thrown and wasted by lazy and irresponsible students,” said the chairman.