10 Voi Boys Secondary School students have been suspended for consuming additional portions of bread during breakfast.
As per a Nation report, the students were subjected to suspension on Monday and were instructed to return to school with a bundle of wheat flour and ten litres of cooking oil as a form of punishment.
Elias Mberi, the parent representative for the school, revealed that this decision was reached during a meeting to address issues of student misconduct.
“That is the practice in all schools across the country. In this case, the parent will now instil discipline in the child. The child will also see what the parent has gone through, and he will not repeat such a mistake,” Mberi said.
Contrarily, Khalif Hirey, the County Director of Education for Taita Taveta, criticised the school’s decision to force parents to purchase flour and cooking oil as punitive measures.
Hirey argued that the school’s administration should have explored alternative disciplinary actions for the students involved.
He clarified that his office had not received formal complaints from either the school or parents regarding the matter.
Hirey encouraged the affected parents to formally report the incident to his office, assuring them that a thorough investigation would be conducted.
“The parents should not shy away from coming to us. We will not victimise them because they are seeking justice. If that happens, then we will not condone such actions by schools,” he emphasised.
In January this year, 14 students at Mugoiri Girls High School in Murang’a County were punished for eating more than one serving of a special lunch.
The school administration made the decision after some Kenyans protested on social media about the students being suspended for what they saw as an insignificant violation of school rules.