TSC Forms Committee to Probe Kenya School Violence
The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) has formed a committee to investigate a video that allegedly shows teachers caning students at Keveye Girls Secondary School.
The video, which quickly went viral on Facebook, is said to have been recorded by a fellow teacher at the school. The video is yet to be authenticated as genuine, but the TSC’s is moving quickly to determine that fact before it takes further action.
‘Violence’ caught on camera
The video shows nearly six minutes of pupils being caned by different teachers. Corporal punishment is now a crime in Kenya after it was banned in 2001. The teacher who claims to have recorded the video accuses the school’s principle of permitting the violence. However, principle Judith Ngome has questioned the authenticity of the video, citing poor relationships between some faculty members at the school.
“Some of my teachers have turned down my efforts to reconcile them [issues], after quarreling before students, and this could be the reason for the emergence of the video,” The Nation quotes Mrs Ngome.
The TSC’s first job will be to confirm that the footage is real so they can rule out the possibility of fabrication as part of any grudges between teachers.
“I have seen the video. It is very recent. My committee will visit the school and launch investigations into the matter,” said Stephen Mudho, TSC county director. “The committee will authenticate whether the video is real or choreographed before taking any action.”
The UN called on all countries to ban corporal punishment in 2005 and most countries have followed suit – at least on paper. In practice, though, implementing these bans has proved difficult. Last month a boy in Nyeri county died after being caned by his teacher for being late, although his school insists it was epilepsy that killed the youngster.