Why I must cane my children
16 June 2016, 13:24
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
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
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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