Be vigilant, responsible and attend to your kids, parents urged

Chairman Board of directors Paul Chemng'orem and the principal Augustine Musyoka play and dance with PP2 graduates at a presentation on music creativity during the 19th pre-school graduation ceremony at the Moi Educational Centre Nairobi on 4th November 2023 [David Gichuru, Standard]

Parents have been advised to be vigilant and attend to their children over the two-month holiday that they will have their kids at home.

Deputy Director for Education Reforms and Implementation of Junior Schools Programmes Flora Ntongai expressed that this will give parents adequate opportunity to monitor, nurture and groom their children to be responsible citizens.

She noted that the Competency Based Curriculum (CBC) puts demands on a communal and collaborative approach in nurturing children.

“I urge you parents to create more time with your children…do not delegate. Support and assist them without delegating your responsibilities to the house managers,” Ntongai said.

She spoke on Saturday at Moi Educational Centre (MEC) in Nairobi, during the graduation ceremony for kindergarten pupils who will be joining grade I in January next year.

According to Board of Directors chairperson Paul Chemng’orem, the event is a culmination of remarkable growth and transformation for the MEC community.

“The day gives us an exciting opportunity to celebrate our accomplishments as a school,” he said.

While acknowledging the role digital gadgets play in imparting knowledge to children, Ntongai, however, raised concerns over the explicit content on social media that this generation is exposed to.

“Giving a child a mobile phone without monitoring closely to find out what the child is doing with the gadget is like giving a child a loaded gun,” she said, adding that it is a recipe for destroying the future of children.

Ntongai, who was the guest of honour during the event, urged parents to protect their children from undue social media influence, imploring them to allow kids to rest and not involve them further in academic engagements.

Located in Nairobi’s South C, (MEC) offers state-of-the-art learning facilities for kindergarten, primary and secondary education under the new CBC system.

Its coveted quality services in childhood development has earned the institution incredible accolades nationally over the years.

Besides priding itself in academic excellence, MEC was recently feted the best lower school category in the last national music festivals.

“We serve you with joy and dedication. We promote culture and heritage and instill desirable characters in our pupils," said MEC Principal Augustine Musyoka.