School with no fence exposes learners to crime and insecurity
SEE ALSO :'Posh' estate with too many problems“Everyone gains entry into the school and we cannot question them. If we do, they turn against us because majority are criminals,” said Ms Kimani. The criminals, she said also enter classrooms during the day, which they convert into sleeping quaters at night. Not surprising, education standards at the school are wanting, since smooth learning is hard to realise. Insecurity has affected enrollment, and performance of learners in national examinations, an issue that is now of great concern to stakeholders. The school has only 249 pupils, down from 320, in addition to only 12 pupils undertaking Early Childhood Education. Grade One only has 19 pupils, a number Kimani says is very low. She worries that the school may end up having zero enrollment.
SEE ALSO :County Roads minister fights impeachmentInsecurity in schools is becoming a cause for concern. Last month, a Physics teacher from Hopewell High School in Barut, Nakuru County, was killed while on duty; he had just been from supervising evening remedial classes. Peter Omare is suspected to have been killed by strangers and students at the school, who have since been arraigned at the courts. The 32-year-old teacher had confiscated a mobile phone from a Form Four student before meeting his death. Contacted, the Rift Valley Education Director Mary Gituru said it is mandatory for schools to be fenced according to education safety regulations, noting that board of management and schools should prioritise their expenditure as per needs of the school. Dr Gituru said the ministry would meet with board of management, security department and county commissioner’s office to find a quick solution to the issues affecting learning within various schools. “It requires multi-agency collaboration to guarantee safety of learners while in school. That is why we are involving various stakeholders to flush out criminals within school premises,” she said. Nakuru OCPD Daniel Kitavi said it is the responsibility of school management to ensure schools are fenced and any criminal activity reported for swift action. He however said patrols shall be intensified to arrest criminals within the estates and those who idle within learning premises. A special police team has also been formed to fight a criminal gang that has in the past terrorised locals and business operators in Nakuru. “The police shall not condone a section of individuals out to interrupt learning. We have intensified patrols to ensure pupils are safe in schools, including locals within their business and homes,” said the police boss.
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