Sauti Sol’s Bien Aime is currently begging parents not to enroll their young children in boarding schools and honestly, I agree with him. A child who is not yet at the point of joining a high school isn’t ready to be parted from the parents. And I say this because children in primary school still need daily parental supervision.
Bien even borrowed from his past to explain his opinions on the matter. he said,
I went to boarding school in class 5. I was 10 years old. I know often children don’t know what they want but I was pretty sure I hated being there. At the time my parents thought boarding schools were an end goal to good results and grooming responsible citizens. Even during the holidays they left for work and came back when I was asleep. Now I’m all grown up and I realize how much it robbed me of a relationship with my parents. Especially my dad because I was always a mama’s boy. He’s always surprised by some of my habits and abilities,”
He also made a rather good point in saying that because the parents aren’t fully involved in their children’s day-to-day lives they do not know who their children are and some of the things they find out later about their own kids really shocks them:
I bet some of the parents of the kids involved in high school arson incidents are often surprised by their kids. But if you’re only allowed to see them once in three months and sporadically during the holidays that’s the result. At a time when you need to be with them the most, you leave it to a teacher and peer pressure to raise them for you. I’m not saying kids in day schools are less likely to be involved in some crazy stuff but at least you can see them and nip the craziness in the bud before it gets out of hand. I am a full anti boarding activist.”