A student from the Moi Forces Academy in Eastleigh, Nairobi, is currently receiving treatment at the Coptic Hospital high-dependency unit (HDU) after suffering a serious head injury reportedly inflicted by a teacher.
While on the Uber home, the boy complained he was not feeling okay and requested that he be taken to the hospital, which she did.
After a series of tests, including one for COVID-19, all results came back negative.
But when they got home, the boy’s situation took a turn for the worse: He even slowly began to lose his speech.
Under intense panic, they rushed him back to Coptic Hospital where doctors noticed a swelling on his head.
After a Computed tomography (CT) scan, it was established that the student had internal bleeding in his head next to the brain.
According to Muli, her brother’s school, Moi Forces Academy has been unresponsive to their numerous inquiries as to what exactly happened on that fateful Saturday afternoon.
“We tried to call the school no one is responding or explaining what happened. They called back yesterday after my parents posted on the class group But it is clear he was hit considering he has no marks on the body. This is not the first time this has happened,” she frustratedly wrote on social media.
The distraught sibling has now requested legal help and urged lawyers who can help with her case to reach out to her.
Corporal Punishment in Kenyan schools
Under Kenya’s Children’s Act, corporal punishment is officially banned.
But surprisingly, it is still very much active in schools.
Many students complain about how corporal punishment is exercised in their schools where some are even thoroughly punished thoroughly in front of their parents.
Teachers’ main reason for using corporal punishment in schools has been that they believe it is the most effective way of disciplining students.
However, these corporal punishments which appear to be a more powerful and attractive behaviour management strategy come at a significant cost.
Most are accompanied by negative side effects especially to students who are fond of making mistakes most times.
According to academic research, instead of changing students behaviour, those established corporal punishments often create resentment and permanently damage the relationship between a student, the teacher and even the guardian.
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