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Nyeri students sex scandal: Who is to blame?

11 August 2015, 10:45 Anne Muigai

The weather is calm. All farms are covered in a fading green, signifying ready harvest. This terrain is an economic hub in the country due to its soils fertility and favorable weather.

Although the residents of Karatina in Kenya should be jovial with the upcoming harvests, they seem saddened. They quietly walk while others stand alongside the pathways in small groups, talking in hushed voices.

Mary Waithira, a mother of 3, became an outcast overnight. The most recent news piece that rocked the Kenyan airwaves has left her in shame and subject to village gossip. Her daughter, a form two student in a local high school, was among the 45 students nabbed with drugs, alcohol and engaging in immoral sexual behavior inside a transit bus from school.

As she questions why her daughter and the many other students decided to act so decadent, oblivious of the possibility of being exposed, many people point fingers at her and other parents, teachers, and the society.

It would be easy for me to join the lot and blame the parties above. I could blame the pop culture and its influences on the youth in third world countries.

The media could be possibly at fault for being a platform where the Western influences of drugs, sex, alcohol and unruly behavior are portrayed as the epitome of modernity. But I have a different perspective.

The society today is quick to blame others when things go wrong but scramble for credit when there is an achievement.

Just prior to this news, all media platforms in Kenya were filled with news of Stephjoy High schools and the sagas within the institution.

In an interview on a national broadcaster, the school principal boldly blamed parents when several girls went missing from the school. She accused parents of failing to discipline their children! I was disgusted. Days after, the school dormitories were set ablaze, killing three students.

I have been brought up by strict parents and staunch Christians at that. Ours was always close-knit family and military rules had to be followed. We were disciplined, and no faults were let to pass. That did not however deter engagement in so many forbidden things away from home and especially at school.

My parents, however, knew that my siblings and I were obedient and much disciplined. My story resonates that of so many other people I know. My point is that the groups of people who assign blames are escapists who only seek glory and escape from real life problems.

The self-centeredness and hunt for splendor of this lot is a pain. Why is it not possible for people to accept that children are a responsibility of all? When a child is at home, the parent disciplines them. At school, teachers take charge. When interacting with others, the community, and social institutions should guide them.

I find it hypocritical to point fingers at one party. High school students represented by the 45 here illustrate a moral depreciation that is in dire need of salvage.

Instead of wasting precious time on blame games, I feel that it’s time to act and look for solutions. Parents, teachers, communities and the church should all coordinate and help reclaim this generation.

Otherwise, these trends will continue and threaten future generations.

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