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Why I must cane my children

16 June 2016, 13:24 Shakila Alivitsa

Nairobi - One Mr Fred Matiang’i, the Cabinet Secretary for Education is turning out to be a fanatic with his regime. It started out on a good note; take teachers back to class, ensure they stay there and all that. Now he is asking or teachers to stop caning. Did he grow up in an African society or did he grow up abroad? Because he should know by now that we only respect the cane. I respect the cane, I hated it at the time but it did prevent me from repeating a misdemeanor. I was deathly afraid of being caught on the wrong side, so I tried to stay on the right side.  I want my children to be afraid of being caned, not to go to school and think, ‘I can do away with not doing homework. Kwani what will the teacher do? Just counseling.’

This is why we do not have white people problems; we respect the cane.  There society is the way it is because kids have been taught you can sue your parents, washing dishes is child labor, you can emancipate from your parents even before you are legal and force your parents to support you and hence why children are shooting up schools, acting like hooligans and sitting on their parents heads. There is no discipline in Western nations because children are told you have rights. That is nice but you also need to know boundaries which they do not.

Mr. Matiang’i wants to take us there and I do not appreciate that. If I was in high school or primary I would be doing a jig on top of a table but because I am about to be a parent, I need my child to know what I say is law and be deathly afraid of what I will do if they do not follow.

Caning served a lot of purpose for us as well as our parents. You were not talk back, you were not to talk back even if you were asked a question and by you replying, you were talking back. If you looked at your parent in the face, that was rude if you looked at the floor that was rude too, you needed to look up but respectfully; either way, you were going to get a slap. We were good at time management because we learnt to time our parents. It was forbidden to be outside so you had to learn your parents’ routine and take turns being the watchdog. If you were found outside, you prepare your behind and read out your eulogy and oh, you were not to play with beings of the opposite sex unless they are your relative. Any other personnel would earn you more stripes.

This is how we learnt to be obedient, respectful, disciplined and boundaries. You applied boundaries while dealing with your elders. Taking that away from teachers when the kids need some strokes will lead to a shift of power. I think the mister needs to go back to the drawing board because he is losing sight of what we really need in school.

Next thing you will hear is some court passing why we cannot whoop some behinds. Why are we trying to be white so bad? Let us just be Africans and allow us to bring up those children the way we were brought up.

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