The Guiding and Counselling department of St Mark Bwiri Mixed Secondary School in Samia Sub County has blamed some parents for ‘’abandoning’’ their children at the hour of need.
Addressing parents during the Annual General Meeting on Saturday, the department head Joan Ambiyo said students were encountering many challenges which would have been solved by their parents.
‘’ Some parents don’t declare the health status of their children when they join form one. Illnesses like epilepsy is treatable but parents hide it, thus putting the school in a quagmire when they discover it,’’ she said during the function attended by County Executive Committee Member for Education and Vocational Training John Mwami.
Ambiyo said family conflict was another major challenge especially separation which leaves the children to fend for themselves without food and shelter, adding that parents should ensure peace prevails in the house with no wrangles.
Madam Joan said it is the duty of parents to ensure that their children sleep in their designated rooms every night to avoid them getting into wrong company that would jeopardize their education careers.
She also challenged parents to avail their girls with basic needs like body lotions and sanitary towels to avoid them falling victims of boda boda operators or married men but which will have severe consequences.
The Deputy head Boniface Ong’ayo said parents allow their children to trim their uniforms with devastating consequences, as girls abandon school after becoming pregnant while indiscipline grips the boys.
He said the parents don’t care attitude was another undoing especially their failure to supervise their children at home to ensure they do their homework, chronic absenteeism and exam phobia and availing enough food.
County CECM for Education John Mwami said problems bedeviling students in learning institutions needs concerted efforts by all education stakeholders.
Three of the girls who are recipients of second chance program initiated by Busia Women Representative Florence Mutua received presents for being pro-active in both academic and co-curricular activities.