Embrace technology to curb unrest in schools

This year has had its share of unrest including torching of dormitories at Kirogo Boys and Mung’aria Secondary schools in Muranga in June.

Indiscipline is a perennial problem in our institutions of learning, especially secondary schools.

Every year, unruly students, protesting over all manner of issues including exams and poor food, set classes and dormitories ablaze, causing losses running into millions of shillings—and even death.

For instance in 2018, some 107 cases, 63 of them involving arson, were reported in secondary schools across the country.

In 2017, some 123 cases of unrest were reported while 483 schools were affected in 2016.

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This year has had its share of unrest including torching of dormitories at Kirogo Boys and Mung’aria Secondary schools in Murang’a in June.

These intermittent outbursts of anarchy in schools have forced the Government and other stakeholders in the education sector to constantly scratch their heads, seeking ways of addressing the menace with little success.

However, the solution to the nagging problem could be simple as proven by Tambach Boys High School; it all boils down to technology.

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The institution located in Elgeyo Marakwet has for long borne the brunt of students’ unrest. But not anymore. Since it installed CCTV cameras in strategic locations within the compound and introduced biometric technology, indiscipline has dropped markedly. This is because teachers are able to monitor, via CCTV, the movements and behaviour of students.

The biometric technology, which also sends messages to parents once their children arrive in school, ensure students report to school on time and therefore minimises chances of them engaging in mischief.

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This is perhaps what every school needs to keep students in check. The Education ministry should consider making these technology compulsory in all secondary schools.

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