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KUPPET implores the government to employ Counselors in Schools

The Kenya National Union of Post Primary Teachers (KUPPET) has called upon the Ministry of Education to recruit counsellor on a full-time basis to address the growing concern of student unrests across the country.

More than thirty (30) schools have been torched this term and this has led to widespread discussions on the best way to tackle the increasing student unrest in Kenyan secondary schools.

The Ministry of Education announced the adjustment of the school calendar with learners set to go home on the 19th of November 2021 for their half-term holidays and then report to school in the beginning of the next week.

However, this did not stop the continued burning of school infrastructure, this being mainly dormitories.

Drastic suggestions have been put forward among them the re-introduction of corporal punishment in schools, the posting of police officers in every school and even changing of all boarding schools to day schools.

One Kenyan, analyst called Mark Bichachi even went to the point of terming boarding schools as prisons.

The schools that have experienced incidences of student unrest have had to close for an indefinite period.

The Kenya Union of Post-Primary Education Teachers (KUPPET) on its part has urged the Ministry of Education to consider recruiting full-time counsellors to address student unrest and burning of school buildings.

KUPPET Secretary-General for Busia Branch said that the Teachers Service Commission should pay counsellors enrolled for school programmes.

The KUPPET Busia Branch Sec-Gen also said that the Ministry of Education should allow physical punishment in schools to reduce incidences of student unrest.

“Our view is that the Ministry and TSC to bite the bullet and introduce corporal punishment,” he said.

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