Education CS says corporal punishment in schools is illegal

Education Cabinet Secretary (CS) Ezekiel Machogu says corporal punishment in schools is illegal.

Addressing an education stakeholders meeting organized by the Kenya National Examinations Council in Nairobi, he emphasized that corporal punishment in schools cannot be allowed to continue.

This comes after two individuals a teacher and a watchman fled last Tuesday, following arrest orders by the CS for their involvement in a brutal student punishment, that resulted in a 19 year old student losing a testicle in Kisii County.

Machogu emphasized that the two should be treated as criminals and prosecuted in court.

“This is so disturbing and criminal. It is no longer an educational matter, it is a criminal matter, if a teacher goes to that extent, then he is a criminal and he is no longer a teacher,” the CS stated.

“The law should take its course and they should be punished accordingly.¬†They should be taken to court and dismissed from service,” he added.

On a different note, the education CS cautioned education officials from giving out false information regarding the national examinations to the public without consultations with the relevant departments.

He also commended the Education officials for their commitment in service delivery, and promised government support in funding field offices, to ease movement and monitoring field based programmes.

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