× Digital News Videos Health & Science Opinion Education Columnists Lifestyle Cartoons Moi Cabinets Kibaki Cabinets Arts & Culture Podcasts E-Paper Tributes Lifestyle & Entertainment Nairobian Entertainment Eve Woman TV Stations KTN Home KTN News BTV KTN Farmers TV Radio Stations Radio Maisha Spice FM Vybez Radio Enterprise VAS E-Learning Digger Classified Jobs Games Crosswords Sudoku The Standard Group Corporate Contact Us Rate Card Vacancies DCX O.M Portal Corporate Email RMS

How to curb arson in our High Schools

By Chrisbone Ogugu | July 24th 2016

Institutions that should mould our young generation into dependable men of the future are being brought down by fire. The trend that was common in universities and colleges is now  in secondary schools; honestly something has gone wrong somewhere. Though we may burry our heads in sand that all is right and contained, a lot is yet to be done. The government has not come up clear to tell us the cause of these fires, but possibly they may have been caused by various reasons among them, poor parenting and parental guidance, poor school leadership strategies and routines, neglect of religion and the media.

1.       Poor parenting and parental guidance

Many parents are committed to their jobs than their children, at a very tender age, children are taken to daycares and nursery schools, moral values that would have been tought to these children are neglected as they are taken care of by unskilled personnel whose interest is money. These children are then enrolled to primary school where only  their academic life is mentored, leaving their physical, spiritual and social needs not taken care of; this problem then is re-carried in their entire primary and secondary school life.

2.       Poor leadership strategies and routines

Schools have been turned into financial institutions and businesses. Parents have been made to believe that it is only academics that matter. Students are exposed to routines that ensure that they are with books all the time: time that would be used for physical development (P.E and games) have been converted into remedial lessons so that the teachers can make an extra cent, time for spiritual growth (Saturday and Sunday) has also been structured in a way that only few minutes are used for worship then the students go back to class, in general these students do not grow wholly.

3.       Neglect of religion

Religion has been made to look like a waste of time with those insisting on it being given the least time possible. Those who also preach only focus on prosperity alone rather than the realities of life and how to tackle them; this fact leaves students with an excitement and after the realities of life down at them, they are not in position to accept the facts and move on. True religion focuses on success, failure and hard work.

4.       The Media

The youth are exposed to media programs that characterize demolishing rather than building. All the music, movies, soaps and comedies revolve around fashion

, love, drugs, money, crime and explicit (vulgar) language use, when at home and at school they are exposed to these programs in the name of EDUTAINMENT; I wonder what education is in kissing, or killing to a school going child.

In order to restore calmness in our schools, all the stakeholders should come together and revise the operation mode of the system. Parents, teachers, the government and the students all should play their part. Principals of education that will help students mature physically, mentally, socially and academically should be put in place. Life is not a theory but a practical lesson to be lived once.

Share this story
Believing in our dreams can be the hardest things of all time but a life worth living
Dreams come true; I don't expect you to agree with this, that indeed there is a difference between our "wants" and "dreams". Your wants may be valid but again not worthy yarning for, your dreams are valid and I believe they are worthy fighting for, the idea is that, a want is a short term desire, whereas your dreams are a life time desire that you wish to leave and accomplish.
Restoring Nairobi’s iconic libraries
Book Bunk is turning public libraries into what they call ‘Palaces for The People' while introducing technology in every aspect.