The rising cases of students attacking their teachers since the schools reopened have left education stakeholders worried with teachers grappling with rising cases of indiscipline.
Jared Motito, a Mathematics Teacher at St James Nyaronde Secondary School in Nyamira County told Muhabarishaji.com on January 13, that many students had become difficult and stubborn, totally different from when they left school in March 2020 due to the pandemic.
He stated that the long break (9 months) had corroded the students’ moral compass, with many showing open disregard for authority and schoolwork.
“These students report to school late. They are rude and even when assigning manual duties to them, they don’t want to do them. They don’t do their school assignments,” Mr Motito stated.
He noted that some of the students had gotten hooked to drugs during the break, adding that it was a major contributing factor to the hostility teachers have faced since the schools reopened.
“Some of these kids were indulging in drug during the break. Since now they are in school, many are struggling with withdrawal, some of them are stressed, and that is why you have heard students stabbing teachers,” Mr Motito argued.
He also highlighted the freedom the learners enjoyed while at home as another contributor to the deteriorating morals among students.
“While at home, you know the parents have to go to work. You find that these children also go out with their friends. You find them registering sim card lines with their parent’s ID cards and this is how they would communicate with each other.
“Some of them were employed, working in shops or transport. You would find them, at the end of the day, gathering to and buy alcohol,” Mr Motito stated.
“The freedom they had at home, the luxury they had. They come to school and feel like it’s some small prison,” he added.
The mathematics teacher reiterated that the attack on teachers by students is major worry for tutors.
“The teacher who was attacked by a student at Kisii High school is my friend, and it is sad to hear what happened to him. It can happen to me, or any other teacher” he remarked.
Mr Motito stated that teachers were not prepared well in advance to handle such scenarios. He urged the government to deploy counsellors to schools to help learners settle back in school.
Teachers at Ndhiwa constituency voiced similar concerns, urging that committees to be formed to ensure restoration of discipline among learners.
“We have children who are different from when they left, they went through a lot. We have girls who have come back as expectant mothers. Some girls and boys have come back as former employees. Motorbike riders, the sweetness of money out there is making it hard to switch them back to students,” a teacher at Ndhiwa Primary School stated.
The teachers stated that there was a breakdown in communication between them and learners.
Area Member of Parliament Martins Owino promised to establish centres to counsel the students through the National Government-Constituency Development Fund (NG-CDF) will .
The Teachers Service Commission has since called upon members of the public to aid in taming such occurrences.
“TSC regrets the recent attacks on our teachers by the leaners 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,” TSC said in a report.
Kenya Railways Launches Double Decker Train Service
In a statement, KR announced that it had started loading and moving double-stack freight trains between the Port of Mombasa and Inland Container Depot (ICD)Nairobi.
“The move will help improve daily cargo evacuation and efficiency of the Port of Mombasa,” reads an excerpt of their statement.
To improve daily cargo evacuation and efficiency of the Port of Mombasa, today we started loading and moving double-stack trains between the Port of Mombasa and ICD Nairobi via SGR.
— Kenya Railways (@KenyaRailways_) January 27, 2021
In addition, the national rail carrier stated that each train has a capacity of moving a minimum of 154 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs).
The service was initially introduced in 2018 but was shut down after cargo movers avoided moving their goods via the SGR.
The SGR is the only service in Kenya that has the capacity to ferry double-stacked and was one of the reasons why the modern rail was built at a cost of over Ksh360 billion. Cargo movers have complained of the high cost of moving cargo via the service which is compounded by delays in sorting cargo at the Nairobi ICD.
In recent months, traders and importers were facing delays in the delivery of cargo attributable to damaged wagons at the port of Mombasa.
The damage to the 550 wagons was caused by six giant cranes installed at the facility at a cost of Sh1.2 billion.
The damage caused a serious shortage of wagons which forced Kenya Railway Corporation (KRC) to cut by more than half the number of SGR freight trains in the past two months.
This resulted in delays in delivering cargo as well as congestion at the port.
As of November 2020, more than 3,000 containers had remained uncollected as Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) and KRC worked out on urgent measures to contain the situation.
Kirinyaga County Speaks on Passing BBI Bill
In a statement seen by Muhabarishaji.com, the County Assembly Speaker Anthony Waweru them information false, but confirmed that the assembly had received the bill on January 26, but was yet to deliberate on it.
Waweru stated that Members of the Kirinyaga County Assembly are currently on recess and would resume preliminary seatings on February 8, 2021.
“The County Assembly of Kirinyaga has not considered the Constitutional amendment Bill 2020 (BBI),” the statement reads in part.
Waweru further stated that the assembly would deliberate on the amendment bill extensively and determinations presented to the Senate and National Assembly as stipulated by the law.
“The County Assembly of Kirinyaga shall in consultation with the people of Kirinyaga and within the confines of the law consider the Constitutional Amendment Bill and submit its decisions to the Speaker of the Senate and the Speaker of the National Assembly as guided by section 257(6) of the constitution of Kenya,” the statement reads.
Members of County Assemblies have had the spotlight turned on them, as their determinations would make or break the BBI report.
The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) on Monday, January 25, cleared the way for the BBI to move to county assemblies.
This is after the commission confirmed that 1.4 million votes collected by the BBI secretariat were enough to kickstart the referendum process.
The amendment bill will then be subjected to a referendum should a majority of the county assemblies pass the bill, whereas it will terminate immediately should it fail to garner the required threshold.
Kenyan Home Buyers Refunded Millions
According to the Chairman of the Ksh5.2 billion, 44-floor apartment building at Upper Hill, the individuals who were granted the refund explained the harsh economic impact they had been going through during the Covid-19 pandemic.
“We refunded the deposits in full ranging from Ksh5 million to Ksh12 million,” he said.
The real estate sector has been one of the worst-hit by the pandemic.
According to data published by the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) covering the second quarter of 2020, the real estate sector growth slowed to 3.9% compared to 7.2% expansion in a similar period of 2019.
Covid-19 has caused unprecedented disruption to the Kenyan economy over the past few months.
The immediate impact on the sector has been a reduction of the labour force and disruption of supply chains, which is expected to translate to longer development periods.
Kenya has also witnessed a negative impact on the supply chains as most developers source construction materials from nations such as China.
This translated to longer development periods owing to a shortage of resources and ultimately reduced building completions.
The market is expected to experience a slow recovery post-Covid-19 as uptake will be subdued due to depressed income levels and changed priorities by prospective investors.
The government is expected to continue putting in place sound fiscal policies to cushion businesses and people’s disposable incomes.
The price of properties in Kenya dropped to a great extent in 2020, with many property sellers providing huge discounts.
Many real estate companies are providing personalized plans so that none of their clients feels any burden on their pocket when making a purchase.
In terms of rent concession, reductions, and holidays, there has been no single basic formula applied by landlords. Rather, each and every landlord is dealing with their individual tenants on a case-to-case basis.
Consumer behaviours are clearly being forced to change, which will result in a very different demand profile for property going forward.