Parents protest over poor performance of school in Vihiga
06 January 2014, 21:50
Vihiga - Parents and pupils of Bumuyange primary school in Hamisi Constituency, Vihiga County, yesterday stormed to the school in protest over the poor performance in the Kenya Certificate of Primary School results that were announced recently.
Activities in the school were stalled for the better part of the day in the school, as pupils were set to report for the commencement of the first term of learning this year.
The angry parents bayed for the teachers blood, claiming that many of them had overstayed in the school yet they added little or nothing to the performance of their children.
The head teacher of the school however denied the claims by the parents, saying that the parents contributed a great deal to the poor performance of the school in the national exams.
“We have many problems in the school which cannot allow us to perform. Pupils are highly undisciplined, and yet the parents do not want to help the teachers to streamline them. We are also highly understaffed,” said the head teacher,Mathews Libese.
The head teacher said that he was struggling in the school, yet the parents did not want to understand the harsh conditions in which he was working in.
The school has only ten teachers and 508 pupils. It was ranked among the bottom five schools in Vihiga County, with only one candidate out of the 31 managing to get 260, with the second getting a distant 244. The school’s mean score was 206.
The head teacher said that many pupils in the school often drop out before clearing their studies, with some falling prey to early marriages.
Responding to the demonstration, Hamisi district education officer, Joshua Ongola said that they had agreed with the parents and teachers of the school to meet later and discuss the way forward for the school.
Out of the bottom five schools in Vihiga County, Hamisi Constituency produced three, with Emuhaya constituency producing the remaining two.
Meanwhile, parents of another school in Hamisi constituency, Mungavo primary school locked doors on their new head teacher claiming that he had a poor record and they didn’t want him. The teacher had been transferred from Shamakhokho primary school.
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