Headteacher threatens students, teachers with panga
18 July 2015, 08:50
Narok - A school in Narok County has been closed indefinitely after two camps of students clashed after the school head allegedly incited them against each other.
The students of Olchorro-Oirowua Secondary school in Narok West Sub County were sent home for two weeks on Thursday after they fought at night, with 8 students being injured and admitted at Longisa Referral Hospital in Bomet County.
One of the students was scheduled to be transferred to Tenwek Mission Hospital for head scan after he was hit with a blunt object.
The parents through Parents Teachers Association (PTA) Chairman, Paul Mutai demanded that Principal, Michael Kimotho Kamau be transferred immediately and disciplinary action taken against him.
Mutai said trouble started when the principal chose some few students as his informers and was having a closed door meeting with them when the other students stormed the meeting and demanded to know what they were discussing.
“This resulted to the abrupt termination of the meeting and those supporting the school head started attacking the other students resulting into the chaos,” he said.
The chairman said the principal no longer had good working relation with the other members of staff and a majority of the students.
“This is the third time the students are demonstrating against him for mismanagement of schools funds and after he realized things are not good, he selected a group of students to be his informers,” said Mutai.
He added that he kept on threatening teachers and students who do not side with him that he would deal with them accordingly.
Some teachers who wished not to be named told journalists that the principal bought a panga on Monday and threatened to use it on anyone who demands his removal.
The School Board of Management chair, Willy Kimeto admitted that during a charged meeting at the school Thursday, the head teacher had brought a panga from his office but was advised to return it.
The meeting was attended by County director of education Abdihamid Maalim, Narok South Director of Education Charles Nyakundi, County Executive in charge of Education John Marindany and ECD Director Paul Chesimet.
Nyakundi said the school has been closed and the head teacher suspended for unspecified period of time.
“The tension among students was high and we resolved to close the institution so as to allow investigations to be conducted on the said allegations,” said Nyakundi.
He also noted that the term of the school’s board of management had expired and will thus be reconstituted afresh.
“The teacher failed in his mandate to provide leadership at the school. He told me that no changes were to be effected as long as he was the head. He even dared me to report him to Education CS Prof Jacob Kaimenyi,” said Ilmotiok MCA Barusei Tangus.
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