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Shocking that bullying is still in some schools

English: Bullying on IRFE in March 5, 2007, th...

 Bullying on IRFE in March 5, 2007, the first class day. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A few days ago, it was there in the news of a young man who underwent some form of brutal bullying that saw him being injured in the process. According to this young man, they were about fifteen students who were paraded by the seniors with claims that they were not respectful. He went on and said that they started beating them up but for his case the beating was so lethal that he lost a tooth and another was left hanging loosely.

Though it was hard to establish whether the school management was aware of any bullying incidents in their school, it was obvious that nobody was willing to seriously take up the matter. First, this student was sent away to seek medical attention on his own to at a rather distant health centre away from the school where he was forced to trek for kilometer. Then this student’s mother had issues with the school’s management for failing to notify her of the son’s misfortunes. She claimed to have been called by another concerned parent who found her son in a sad situation.

So the media people got wind of this incident and accompanied the student and his mother to the school but were restrained from getting into the school compound. His mother called out to be let in but the gate man declined to do so citing strict instructions from above. When the gate was finally opened the teachers locked themselves up in the office and the police were called in, in the name of restoring peace. This parent was mad that nobody bothered to tell her that her son had been beaten by other students and on top of that they were still mum even when she came personally came to school. But all in all, she said that they have at least done the sane action of giving her son a transfer letter because from the experience of her son, there was no conducive environment of learning in the school.

It’s so sad that some students in schools like this one still think that they are in school to be seen and heard in their actions yet they ought to know what you leave with after finishing the studies is what really matters.

What’s the difference?

Illustration for Cheating Français : Illustrat...

Illustration for Cheating  (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Just last week on Thursday, the K.C.S.E results for the last year’s form four national examinations were released and the results of thousands of students involved with cheating were cancelled. The students were wrong to cheat but they were instantly penalized by having their results cancelled and this means a lot for any child who sees his or her four-year period studies going down to being nothing.

But I found myself comparing this issue of cheating exams with the corruption cases that are seemingly getting out of hand. Imagine a situation where the affected students are not given an opportunity to say something but for those alleged to be involved in corrupt deals they have all it takes to defend themselves from corruption allegations.

So the corrupt individuals and the cheating students are no different in any way because their integrity is questionable. For the case of the national examinations, cheating has been there though even the examinations council body has always been adamant that claims of exam leak are misplaced. So the best this body can do is to address the issue once and for all because this may make us to one day feel the pinch of condoning this bad habit.

What of the corrupt guys? I think we ought to see the same instant penalties to our corrupt guys because they are also cheating using the taxpayers’ money. The results are cancelled as a way of curbing this practice in the future but I think corruption is a vice that is blackening the country’s future day in day out yet it seems like controlling it is becoming practically hard because so far no serious measures are taken into effect.

So the affected students’ future is already unsecured but corrupt individuals have nothing to worry because there are systems that allow them to secure their continued say in the name of court orders to even stop investigations. So the treatment for birds of the same feather should concur because cheating is bad whether for students or for other individuals.

Your integrity matters a lot

Trust is not something that you get that easily but you have to earn it by having this character in you that make people believe in you. I have a story which clearly indicates that the minute anyone loses trust in you, then this alone can make you lose everything including the confidence that the others had in you. So there is this company that was out looking for young men to fill the post of an internal auditor. The management that this post was specifically suitable for a male candidate due to complexity of the work load.

So on this material day, twelve applicants who had applied for the job were invited for an interview. They were all interviewed and what remained in the final lot were three guys who had qualified both academically and whatever else that the interviewers were looking at. The three guys were really qualified academically but there was still room to decide who to pick out of the three.

So it was over lunch hour and the three guys were invited for a meal in the company’s eating place. It was self-service but there was a short notice that there were small number of sausages and so everyone was only required to pick one only. So one of interviewees guys loved sausages very much and so he looked around if anyone was watching him and when it was clear no one was seeing he took two sausages and hid them beneath some other food and he placed one on top. But he was not aware that there were cameras all over recording everyone’s actions and movement.

So when the lunch break was over, the Human resource called this guy and told him that he had initially thrilled him as he interviewed him for the job and was about to stick with him as the best. He went on and told him that but after seeing what he did during lunch, he definitely changed his mind and so he would not get the job because his integrity is questionable. He told him that this behavior alone had cost him an opportunity to land on the job. This story teaches us that the small things that we overlook mean a lot.

Growing Up With Strict Parents

Just a few days, I came across this hashtag (#Growingupwithstrictparents) and it attracted participation with most people recalling how they were brought up with parents with very strict guidelines.

I have heard a number of times comment from a number of people that this generation has no ears to listen to what the seniors have to say.

On the same note, somebody else had this argument that you cannot tell the difference between parents and their children on the other hand in their way of dressing since in the name of fashion, anything is acceptable.

I remember as I was growing up, I was molded to beware of dressing decently. But I get for nowadays, everything has really changed because everyone wants to pace up with what is in the market.

I don’t know if parents have become lax or are too busy for their parenting role. Imagine a situation where a parent is punishing his or her son who is not even sorry for what he or she has done but keeps shout at the parent to leave him or her alone. But we are seeing these things happening where kids think that they are of an age of not being told what to do or too big to be punished.

I recently watched a video that was shared in FB of a boy maybe about eight years hurling insults at his mother yet he was still under her roof but with no respect. This attracted numerous comments with many participants thinking that a no nonsense punishment be accorded to this boy while others said that they would kill a child of their own for such rudeness.

Bu I was there thinking that this bad behavior in this boy did not just start abruptly, he was only doing what his mother has been okay with all through until somebody else thought this was really wrong.

Good News From The Government

A play…. It is about 4P.M in the evening and this lady and her father are seated relaxing in the sitting room. Then her father breaks the silence and asks her when she plans to go check her K.C.P.E results now that the Education Cabinet Secretary had released them earlier in the day. But with fee balance she tells her father that this alone would make the head teacher deny giving her the results slip.

As they are conversing about this issue, there   is a knock on the door and the father asks his daughter to go and usher in their supposed visitor. She opens the door and is surprised to see her mother at such a time different from her normal routine that she is used to coming home at night.

English: Father and daughter.

 Father and daughter. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

They both chat happily at which instance her father calls to ask who it is that she is talking to with all the excitement. She tells him that it’s her mother and he also wonders why the unique early home coming for they are used to her arriving very late. The mother and the daughter then moves in to the sitting room and her husband tells her that he has an important issue urgent to discuss with her but first he asks his daughter to bring him a some water.

As their daughter leaves the room, he tells his wife that he is still in a dilemma how they will be able to educate their daughter given that it was still a burden for them to cater for her primary school education. He went on and said with the results out, he knows that she will not be a disappointment since she has always been a bright girl. They both agree that the economy has been so unfair to them in terms of finances but they are still hoping to give the best to their daughter.

Then there is a knock on the door and his wife goes ahead to open the door and a neighbor comes in. After he greets them, he breaks the good news that the government has waived all fees arrears of all candidates in the last year’s examination and has directed the head teachers to release the results of those with fee balances. What a joyous moment for this couple since their prayers have been answered for such news has come in handy for their current problem. Their daughter then comes in an enquires why they are all excited, her father tell her the good news suggesting that she could now go for her results.

The play shows a government that is committed to ensuring smooth learning of children and especially for the less fortunate.