Just blame the teacher, and all will be fine
SEE ALSO :Learners may miss cash from ministryWhen I was in school they used to call this an academic fire. It is possible that because of the need to invite a sense of the dramatic, these boys christened theirs “un-academic fire”.
Unprintable insultsIn the background of these flames, reports indicate that the boys proceeded to hurl unprintable insults at the two Cabinet secretaries and bragged that they still managed to cheat despite massive efforts to stem the vice. Kenyans reaction? Blame the teacher! You must blame the teacher because our students cannot have learnt this behaviour from anywhere else; because our students are blind and do not see what happens beyond the classroom. We must blame the teacher because our children do not watch TV or follow social media as adults stage dramas of their own using similar, sometimes worse, name-calling.
SEE ALSO :Teachers' deaths alarm unionDo not blame our national thieves for rubbing off their stealing talent onto the school children. These children have never watched news on how billions have disappeared from our national coffers; they also have not been keenly following news to notice that no one has been held to account for this public theft! All we need to know is that teachers are supposed to have done their work well to protect the children from the thieving tendencies of their own parents and from the dubious underhand dealings that are rampant in our society. Teachers, the best paid in the world, we have been told, are also supposed to offer credible explanations to their pupils why no one gets punished for stealing, lying, slandering, bribing, name it! The only time we must put teachers out of the picture is when top performers in our national examinations are invited to on TV screens. Only then must we allow the children to be accompanied by their parents, who must be cast to a gleeful audience as models of good parenting and motivators of their children. Only during this time must we allow teachers not to be part of the script; allow them to join the audience and watch as credit for the work of their hands is transferred to another person. There are two things I must do before I end this: first, I sympathise with the two senior Government officers who were insulted by students the age of their children simply for doing their jobs. Secondly, I want to re-state a piece of our social reality about our attitude on teachers (I am one too): Every time you see your children, whether they be at home or in school, do all manner of things and want someone to blame, look no further, just blame the teacher and all will be fine. Dr Wesonga is a lecturer at the University of Kabianga, Kericho