Warning to all students as DCI announces tough disciplinary measure


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In Summary

  • In a move to stem the rampant cases of misbehavior in learning institutions, the DCI says it will be keeping crime records of all students and the same will be reflected in the Certificates of Good Conduct issued by the police.
  • According to the DCI, offences that could get learners blacklisted include; armed and unpeaceable demonstrations, arson, drug abuse, cyber bullying, assault of any degree, drunkenness and any other form of reported crime.
  • A majority of Kenyans on social media hailed the move by the DCI as a proper measure towards nipping the evil in the bud.

The Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) has issued a stern warning to all learners in the country, cautioning them against involvement in any form of crime while in school.

In a move to stem the rampant cases of misbehavior in learning institutions, the DCI says it will be keeping crime records of each and every student and the same will be reflected in the Certificates of Good Conduct issued by the police.

“This is to warn every student from Primary School, Secondary School, College and University that the Directorate of Criminal Investigations is archiving and consolidating charges that may be preferred to each and every student involved in any Crime,” said the DCI in a statement issued Sunday morning.

“Let each student be informed that it will automatically be reflected on the Police Clearance Certificate (Certificate of Good Conduct) when such student will apply for one. This will be a Permanent Criminal mark that will bar many students from achieving their goals as no employer of worth will dare employ such characters.”

According to the DCI, offences that could get learners blacklisted include; armed and unpeaceable demonstrations, arson, drug abuse, cyber bullying, assault of any degree, drunkenness and any other form of reported crime.

“This is therefore to warn the students and to ask parents, religious leaders and  guardians to take note and advice them accordingly,” reads the statement.

A majority of Kenyans on social media hailed the move by the DCI as a proper measure towards nipping the evil in the bud.

“Wonderful. This will make absentee parents to wake up and take up their parenting role seriously,” posted Lucy Mwangi.

“Terrible choices and decisions they are making now must have painful consequences to their future, kudos to DCI. This useful information should be circulated as widely as possible!” said Pango Ondeng.

Others, however, urged the DCI to carry out a senstization exercise on the new disciplinary measure.

“Robust awareness of this move is critical otherwise many naive students would suffer for good due to misinformed choices,” says Mwana Mulwa.

“Good move but Sensitise them first,’ added James Mulatya.

This comes in the wake of several incidents of student unrest in at least three schools that were closed last week.

They include Maliera Boys Secondary School in Gem, Siaya County, Ng’iya Girls’ High school and Maranda High School.

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