Some 10 students from Voi Boys Secondary School have allegedly been suspended for eating extra pieces of bread during breakfast.
According to a report by Nation, the students who were suspended on Monday were asked to report back to school with a bale of wheat flour and 10 litres of cooking oil as punishment.
Schools parent representative Elias Mberi told Nation that the decision was made in a meeting, to curb indiscipline by students.
“That is the practice in all schools across the country. In this case, the parent will now instill discipline in the child. The child will also see what the parent has gone through and he will not repeat such a mistake,” Mberi said.
However, Taita Taveta County Director of Education Khalif Hirey condemned the school’s decision of asking parents to buy flour and cooking oil.
He said the management should have used alternative disciplinary measures against the students.
However, he added that his office has not received any complaint from the school or the parents.
He further asked the affected parents to report the matter to his office adding that the incident will be investigated.
“The parents should not shy away from coming to us. We will not victimise them because they are seeking justice. If that happens then we will not condone such kind of actions by schools,” he said.