Mbita MP Millie Odhiambo has sent out a word of advice to teachers on how to deal with “assertive” kids based on her own experience as a high school student.
Speaking with Radio Jambo’s Annitah Raey, the outspoken lawmaker recounted her high school days, when her inquisitive nature would land her in trouble with her teachers.
She explained that, despite showing leadership qualities at a young age, she would often be kicked out of class for her curiosity. She said it has always been her nature since she was a child.
“Recently, I was talking to the teachers and I told them I do not take everything anyone tells me as gospel truth. I must ask questions! During my chemistry class we were told to conduct tests using chemicals which would turn the litmus paper red,” Odhiambo recalled.
“The teacher wanted me to accept the reaction then go home but I wanted to know why. Every time I asked questions they thought I was stubborn but I was curious and I was kicked out of the class. So teachers need to learn [how to deal] with assertive kids.”
She advised teachers to always pay special attention to the so-called stubborn kids, as some may have personal issues.
“Such kids are assertive. These are the people that you need to tap that resource and discover future pastors, because pastors are assertive and when you learn about personalities you will understand that someone capable of being a pastor is equally able to become a politician or a marketer. It means that you have a strong mentality,” she added.