Are we thinking of our children’s trauma after loss of tutors, mates?

Pupils

Pupils at class in Olympic Primary School in Nairobi on October 12, 2020.

Photo credit: Dennis Onsongo | Nation Media Group

Is it really wise to have students in school at this point? Each day, a teacher or student is admitted to hospital and some are even dying of Covid-19-related illnesses. 

And as the country mourns teachers and students, and indeed other Kenyans dying of the disease, Prof Magoha has released next year's school calendar.

When Jesus said that Sabbath was made for man, not man for Sabbath, it is such circumstances he was alluding to. Education is meant to impart knowledge, skills and attitudes to children to help them navigate life.

But the Ministry of Education seems stuck in the colonial-era way of doing things, where systems supersede human life and must be protected at all costs.

Is the government bothered about the mental and emotional wellbeing of our children in school?

The horror of burying your principal, the grief of losing a classmate and undergoing all these without the emotional support of parents or loved ones. 

Childhood trauma

Psychologists have been pointing out that childhood trauma, caused by circumstances such as the ones we are subjecting ours to, derail their growth and increase their chances of getting diseases such as cancer and high blood pressure in future and result in adults who are not well balanced.

But one thing that this ministry has avoided is to involve the relevant stakeholders, especially parents.

When we elect a government every five years, it is usually with the hope that the officials will work towards our highest good as a country. That our right to life will be protected at all costs.

The government is going against this expectation by putting children in harm's way, knowing well that schools aren't well equipped to handle a pandemic.

Our children's lives are more important than education milestones.

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