Role of Education Institutions in the Fight against Corruption in Kenya

Role of Education Institutions in the Fight against Corruption in Kenya

Corruption in Kenya has reached its highest level, and if good men and women of this nation will never standup to challenge this diminutive vice, Kenya will soon break into pieces. Corruption can buy anything and do everything e.g. putting wrong people in places that matter, catalyze terrorism, kill the innocent, kill the judicially etc. Scholars have a duty to end this trend, with the help of good teachers, this nation will be able to once more bring up a generation of high integrity individuals who will create an environment for business, respect of human life and integrity of all kinds. A country will never gel by embracing corruption in the military, police, parliament, judicially and executive, All these people working on these key institutions of a country's survival were educated by teachers and graduated from our institutions. Aristotle and Plato gave a real different meaning of Greek education centuries ago. We can replicate them by building our learning institutions on righteous foundations. Here are examples to start with:
1. Introduce Ethics and Accountability from early classes to university level
Children should start to learn about integrity issues from ECD level so that, they can practice righteous principles when they grow up.
2. The History and Social syllabi should cover personalities of Integrity. Not just anything famous
Scholars shouldn't be learning about people who stole public assets and revenue to rise to the top as we are currently doing. This is just like telling children to cheat their way up to the top. Just like a 'role model' did in history books.
3. Exam Cheating should brought to ground
Cheating in examinations is another way of corruption. To maintain integrity, overhaul of examination officials should be done and those found cheating in examinations should face lengthy imprisonments.
4. Stringent rules must be put in place to fight bullying in schools especially secondary and primary levels
Bullying in most cases, is brought about by young students refusing to buy their freedom and protection from big students. This is another corruption incident at young stage. Bullies should therefore be punished and segregated from the public domain in more than a dozen years
5. Teachers and School workers should be vetted to give a chance to teachers with high moral values and integrity
Teachers and school workers should be vetted to give chance to qualified personalities of high integrity to run academic institutions. This method will separate fake teachers from professionals
6. Workers in the education sectors should be paid well and motivated. So does students
Teachers and students should all be motivated. Teachers should never be seen as enemies of the public as is the case when they demand for their rightful wages, the public  and government should respect teachers given on the nature of services they render to the society.
7.  Training courses in colleges and Universities should be revised to address problems facing the Kenyan society
Most courses in colleges and Universities never address problems in our society. This is because they are either directly adopted from the west or made haphazardly to satisfy financial demands. This approach is unreasonable
8. School records should play a role in election of leaders to public offices
People who get elected to run public institutions should be vetted with the help of records obtained from their former schools. This will help us choose people of high integrity.
9. There is need to have an inter schools national debate on integrity issues
There is need to have inter-schools nationals debates on televisions and radios to address problems in our society. This kind of integrity campaign is for the good of public domain
10 Positive demonstrations
Schools should join the civil society to demonstrate on issues pertaining negative integrity e.g land grabbing, ethnicity, nepotism, bribery etc.
Maurice is the founder of Manyamfranchise.com
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