• Thu. Oct 29th, 2020

COULD THIS BE THE END OF PRIMARY BOARDING SCHOOLS?

ByBeatrice Muthoni

Aug 3, 2020

In the beginning of January 2019, the government was set to abolish boarding primary schools in the then new proposed education curriculum.

A taskforce appointed by the Ministry of Education proposed the introduction of a new education system christened 2-6-3-3-3 to replace the current 8-4-4 curriculum.

It was established that boarding schools are congested and expensive and recommended they be abolished.

The Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) Secretary General Wilson Sossion and other stakeholders have thrown their weight behind the move, saying that this decision will allow parents to spend more of their time with their children.

The stakeholders have said that the rate of indiscipline among the boarding school students have increased in a very high rate due to luck of time with their parents.

Mr. Sossion has argued that the psychological effect of parental separation with the children at a tender age extend in to adulthood and manifest as violent or abusive people, emotional detachment and passive-aggressive behavior.

VIOLENT OR ABUSIVE- using or involving physical force intended to hurt, damage, or kill someone or something.

EMOTIONAL DETACHMENT- Is the inability to connect to others on an emotional level as well as a means of coping with anxiety by avoiding certain situations that trigger it.

PASSIVE-AGGRESSIVE BEHAVIOR- is characterized by a pattern of passive hostility and an avoidance of direct communication.

He noted that parents with kids in day schools are more attached and monitor their learners better than their boarding schools counterparts. therefore, leading to more disciplined students and responsible.

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