Kenya:Surge in Attacks on Teachers

By Samuel Ouma

Student violence against teachers is on the rise in Kenya since schools reopened early this year.

Learning resumed in the East African nation on January 4, 2021, after ten-month of school closure due to the novel coronavirus pandemic.

However, since the reopening, many teachers have been exposed to students’ physical attacks under mysterious circumstances.

The latest arrest of a class six schoolboy and his class seven counterpart for allegedly planning to stab three teachers using a kitchen knife has triggered fresh fears.

The learners at Matangamana Primary School in south-western Kenya are now held in the police station pending investigations.

According to the police report, the class six pupil went to school with a knife, with the motive to use it to attack three teachers who had demanded to know why he had missed school.

On the other hand, the class seven colleague was nabbed by police officers after discovering he was part of the plan.

Recently, a form three student accused of stabbing two teachers at Kisii High School in the same region was arraigned in court and charged with attempted murder.

The incident transpired after the student was reprimanded by one of the teachers for reporting to class late.

He was reported to have refused to be punished before attacking the teacher, stabbing him on the forehead, back, and legs.

Another teacher who tried to intervene was also stabbed on the cheeks before his colleagues could restrain the student.

This incident came a day after a form two student at Mokwerero secondary school, still in south-western Kenya, was arrested for attempting to hack the deputy principal.

Fellow teachers rescued the deputy from the botched attack.

Leaders have condemned the recent attacks on teachers, with the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) chair Nancy Macharia calling out for mentorship to curb the menace.

“TSC regrets the recent attacks on our teachers by the learners in Kisii and the attempted attack by another student in Mokwerero Sec School in Nyamira County. Let’s all Kenyans of goodwill help mentor our children positively,” she said.

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