Photo: Education CS Fred Matiang’i with Kenya Coast National Polytechnic Principal Mary Muthoka at the institution yesterday. Photo/NDEGWA GATHUNGU
Matiang’i condemns Alliance High bullying
Education Cabinet secretary Fred Matiang’i has condemned the bullying incident at Alliance High School.
The CS assured that his ministry is doing “whatever it takes to ensure the case is resolved quietly and consultatively, so that the learning environment at the institution remains conducive and prestigious.”
The country was left in shock following horrific reports of brutality allegedly visited upon Form One students at the school by prefects and senior students in an incident that sparked rage amongst Kenyan’s on social media.
Speaking during the Kenya Coast National Polytechnic’s first graduation ceremony, Dr Matiang’i said already ‘fantastic’ conversations are going on across the board regarding the issue and expressed optimism that the case will be resolved amicably.
He said he is satisfied with the level of engagement currently going on at the school noting the board of management at the school has followed up the matter with keen interest to resolve the issue.
The CS, however, declined to divulge details on whether legal actions will be taken against the perpetrators behind the mistreatment and said his responsibility is education policy and to put together all the stakeholders to ensure that institutions are running well.
“We are working with the school board, faith-based organisations, Old Boys Association and the Teachers’ Service Commission to ensure that matter is resolved internally,” said Matiang’i.
On the issue of Kenya Coast National Polytechnic’s disputed land in Shanzu, Matiang’i said he will work with National Government authorities at the Coast to ensure that the people “sitting on that land are ejected” to pave way for the institution’s expansion.