Murang’a County Commissioner Fredrick Ndunga has urged all secondary schools heads in the County to monitor indiscipline cases to preempt riots and destruction of school properties.
Mr Ndunga told school principals to be watchful of their students’ behaviour and immediately report any signs that may lead to unrest.
Addressing the press on Monday at his office, Ndunga observed that the county in a period of less than a month has witnessed strikes in nine schools.
He observed that school heads are immediate supervisors of the learners and should always be on the lookout for indiscipline cases.
“If a strike happens and the school teacher has not reported any signs which could have led to unrest, investigations will start with the respective head teachers. Report the complaints students have and we will come in and try to solve the problem,” noted Ndunga.
The County Commissioner stated that from interrogation of students, some learners are citing tight school programmes which curtail time for games and other co-curricular activities.
“From information given by a section of students, they are claiming they will strike due to tight learning schedules but we will not allow the students to disrupt operations in their schools and end up destroying properties,” the administrator said.
He reiterated that teachers know students who are undisciplined, urging the teaching fraternity to cooperate with security officers in efforts to deal with indiscipline in learning institutions.
“I direct all deputy county commissioners in this country to form a multi-agency team in their areas of jurisdiction to deal with school unrests,” Ndunga said.
He observed that drug abuse among some students is also contributing to unrest and destruction of school properties.
The administrator asked the school administration to have good relations with neighbouring communities to help prevent the entry of drugs in schools.
“The county security team has also directed school administration to install CCTV in their schools and the CCTV should strictly be monitored to find out what is happening at the institutions’ compounds,” said Ndunga.
“Having CCTV in our schools, it will help to tame the increased indiscipline cases in our secondary schools. Our aim is to prevent the unrest and protect schools’ properties,” Ndunga stated.
The commissioner further asked the office of the county criminal investigation department to follow up the unrest cases and apprehend the culprits.
“So far some students have been arraigned in court and my appeal to DCI is to do a thorough investigation and prosecute students who are behind the unrest,”added the CC