In Summary
  • Lawmakers also want the National Parents Association supported financially to be able to organise forums where learners, parents and teachers can openly interact.
  • The report warns parents against exposing students to violence and advises them to counsel the youngsters to shun rowdy behaviour.

  • It says parents should administer discipline with moderation, adding that strictness may lead to rebellion.

A disconnect between parents, teachers and students is to blame for the rising cases of unrest in Kenyan schools, according to a new National Assembly Education Committee report.

The report, which was tabled in Parliament on Thursday, says a poor relationship between parents, teachers and learners has created the gulf as students fear addressing their problems or asking for help.

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The committee chaired by Tinderet MP Julius Meli wants parents to be in constant communication with learners  and teachers.

“The school management should create an enabling environment to foster good relationships between teachers and learners. The ministry should formulate policies to ensure a good working relationship between the three groups is upheld,” the report says.

The lawmakers also want the National Parents Association supported financially to be able to organise forums where learners, parents and teachers can openly interact.

The report warns parents against exposing students to violence and advises them to counsel the youngsters to shun rowdy behaviour.

It says parents should administer discipline with moderation, adding that strictness may lead to rebellion.

“Being overly strict is a cause of unrest in schools. Abuse from parents and lack of opportunity for expression may cause rebellion and mass misconduct,” the report says.

“As the principal beneficiaries to the provision of education, parents should be the first line of oversight on institutions. The National Parents Association should actively evaluate reports of schools and call for action where necessary.”

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