Teachers told to help inculcate strong moral values in students
The Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB) Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Ezekiel Mutua is calling on the teaching fraternity to work towards inculcating strong moral values in students.
Mutua said quality education would come to naught without moral virtues in students so that they become responsible citizens in future.
The KFCB CEO said this while addressing 400 secondary school heads drawn from Machakos County at Sai Rock Beach Hotel in Mombasa on Tuesday.
The gathering was also addressed by Kenya Secondary School Heads Association (KESSHA) National Chairman, Kahi Indimuli and the Machakos KESSHA Chairman, Francis Muthusi.
“Teaching is a noble profession and as teachers you influence the character and thoughts of students early in life,” he said and asked teachers to inculcate honesty and sincerity and act as role models to the society.
He said teachers had the responsibility to make young people aware of the online dangers and cautioned the media not to contribute to moral degradation in society by presenting uncensored messages and images to the public.
He said KFCB has kicked off a countrywide media literacy programme for school children dubbed ‘You are what you consume’ to address the negative dimensions of mass and popular media.
Mutua said the campaign seeks to sensitize young people on film and media content safety and responsible internet use.
Indimuli said KESSHA supports efforts by stakeholders to make moral values part of the school curriculum.
He said teaching moral values in schools should not be neglected as it poses problems to society in future. “Character education in schools is something that we cannot neglect if we are to bring social change,” he said.
By Hussein Abdullahi