Sometimes last week I was killing time on Twitter and I happened to come across a tweet by one very famous or infamous student leader. He threatened to call for ‘mass action’ if school fees in universities is raised. I aint naming names cus I am sure you might have seen the tweet too. The tweet left me a very disturbed person because I cant believe someone who is supposed to be a future leader (I know future leaders vibe is so yesterday) is calling for violence just to put his points across. I mean, what happened to peaceful dialogue?
Anyway, forget about dialogue, this ‘future’ leader went ahead and insulted national education officers. Whatever happened to respecting your elders even when they don’t make a lot of sense? But I am sure no one else noted cus in Kenya, we are used to leaders insulting each other and no one bats an eyelid. I am one very disturbed citizen cus our leaders have made it ok to put their points across using violence. Look at what happens every time universities students want to have the school administration do something for them; rampage everywhere. Whatever happened to airing your grievances without violence? I understand where the student leader is coming from cus I have two brothers in campus and it can be quite draining especially if one hasn’t been given HELB. My biggest issue is, when did violence ever solve anything? All it does is create more problems.
It is very sad when student leaders’ call for mass action and when poop hits the fan, they retreat to their safe havens just like politicians do. They just watch as violence goes on and on from the comfort of their houses. People lose property, others get injured and in serious cases, they lose lives. I am starting to think that the education being given to students these days is just for formalities because I would expect learned people to reason differently from people who have never stepped in a classroom. Violence is for cowards and people who have never stepped in a classroom otherwise; it should never be used as a means to solve anything.
My only concern is whether these university students know how hard it is for their parents and guardians to keep them in school. All they do is follow their leaders blindly just like the rest of us when we follow our politicians and we end in hot soup. It doesn’t make sense when most students take academic leaves just because they could not raise their school fees balance and damage fees after engaging in a strike and destroying school property. Who misses out on school trips because the bus was burnt down, who goes without experiments because one lab was burnt down? Who graduates a year after their friends because they deferred? It is you the student, so, take care what you do when you are in school (campus).
You don’t have to go on rampage just to air your grievances, do something different like missing a class or two (but all of you have to be in agreement cus others might not miss classes as agreed). You can have t-shirts printed with the specific message you want to the administration to get, just something out of the ordinary but effective. This call for mass action is becoming old and all it achieves is damage and more misery for everyone on board, students, parents, school administration, even the state and citizens. Think of that motorist who gets their windscreen shattered, or that shopkeeper who gets their stock looted, or school administration when property has to be repaired and replaced. There is just so much at stake when students on strike.
Common sense should start being common from now on. Think long and hard enough before you follow your student leader. Students’ leaders should serve as an example to politicians who thrive on violence. Did you know most politicians were once student leaders or they had a leadership at their university when they were students? This is where the violence we are seeing today was nurtured. Therefore, student leaders of today should do things differently so that we can have a better country tomorrow as well as better leadership. Lastly, I pray to God to grant all the student leaders wisdom to know right and wrong and use that wisdom to better the lives of their followers as well as theirs.
DON’T PRAY FOR RICHES, PRAY FOR WISDOM CUS WITH WISDOM, IT IS POSSIBLE TO ACQUIRE ANYTHING YOU NEED
HAVE A WISDOM FILLED DAY