A university administrator has asked stakeholders in education to subscribe to morals and observe professionalism and integrity.
Kisii University Deputy Vice Chancellor for Academic and Students Affairs (ASA) Prof Frederick Wanyama said students, lecturers and other players in universities should carry themselves responsibly.
Prof Wanyama spoke at the university recently during a breakfast meeting which rooted for the end of Gender Based Violence (GBV).
“We will punish randy lecturers. Students should not use unfair means to earn marks,” he said.
Prof Wanyama was responding to claims that research had shown that in various universities, some female students exchanged sex for marks.
“Let’s talk against waywardness,” he said, adding that while agitating for the rights of the girl child, we should not leave the boy child behind.
The University’s Institute of Gender Studies director, Dr Callen Nyamwange said 60 girls had gotten skills against GBV.
The skills included karate and taekwondo.
“Now GBV extends to places of worship and we all need to be vigilant,” Dr Nyamwange said.
She encouraged women as well as men to be aware of their rights as enshrined in the constitution.
“Socialising in campus is good but take caution when it gets intimate,” she said.
Dr Nyamwange discouraged girls from dressing inappropriately as this would pave way for the violation of their rights.
In cases of assault, she told them not to destroy evidence by washing clothes or burning them.
“For emotional mitigation, hydrotherapy can clear the drain,” she said.
Dr Fred Nyagaka who is the Dean in the School of Law said that women and men get affected by GBV.
“Harassment in the office can be in the form of dressing or being compelled to work late for unjustifiable reasons,” Dr Nyagaka said.
He said the Employment Act prohibits sexual harassment at the work place and encouraged Kenyans to be aware of the provisions of the law especially the FGM children act 2001.
“Courts don’t fish for complaints. Always be aware that you are the first witness. If you are afraid, remember you can seek protection from the government by the Witness Protection Agency,” Dr Nyagaka said.
He cautioned parents and guardians of children who fall victim of GBV from revealing the identity of the minors.
Dr Jacqueline Nyaanga who heads the Department of Health in the university encouraged victims of sexual assault to seek medication at public health facilities.
“Counseling is also very key and fast tracks the healing process,” Dr Nyaanga said.
She discouraged girls from being quick to be intimate to men before they know them well.
Dr Stella Omari said GBV affects performance at the workplace and learner’s grades in class.
“Workplace violence hurts sexually, psychologically and socially,” said Dr Omari.
She works at KSU in the Department of Business and Management.