Headteacher interdicted for preventing pupil from sitting 2014 KCPE
26 January 2015, 16:07
Homa Bay - A primary school headteacher in Homa Bay County has been interdicted for allegedly preventing a pupil from sitting last year’s Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) exams.
Charles Nyamwaya of Got Kokech Primary School in Homa Bay sub-County has been stopped from his job over allegations of preventing his former pupil Erick Otieno Asila from sitting some papers.
It is said that Nyamwaya ordered that the pupil be sent away from the examination center on the first day of KCPE early November last year due to failure to pay KES 280 for feeding invigilators and supervisor who were manning the examination.
The incident compelled the then 15-year-old boy to miss all day one papers namely: Mathematics, English Language and English Composition.
He also missed Kiswahili Language, the first paper of the second day.
But the headteacher allowed the candidate to proceed with the remaining papers the following day after receiving pressure from members of the local civil societies and the media.
However, Nyamwaya denied the allegations of compelling the pupil to miss the examinations.
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He argued that the pupil had not been going to school way before the examination began, adding that he had reported school late.
The County Director of Teachers’ Service Commission (TSC), Dosiana Ahindukha confirmed the interdiction.
Ahindukha said TSC will give the teacher an opportunity to defend himself before a final verdict is made.
“TSC has scheduled the teacher’s case to be heard between May and August this year and we expect our commissioners to come to Homa Bay for the hearing,” she said.
Meanwhile, parents of Oluso Primary School in Rangwe Constituency lit fire at the school gate to prevent entry of their headmaster, David Opiyo over alleged poor administration.
The parents who were led by School management Committee members, Amos Kagunyo and Maurice Aloo accused Opiyo of embezzling the school funds and deteriorating academic standards in the school.
“The teacher is not spending free primary education funds wisely, but he employs dictatorial tactics to scare parents whenever we want to correct him. He should not step into our school as a teacher because the best action is to have him transferred,” said Aloo.
The parents also accused the teacher of perpetrating indiscipline in the school thereby reducing academic standards.
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