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Parents evict headteacher from office

11 April 2013, 13:13 Alloys Musyoka

Learning activities were paralyzed at Kijiwetanga primary school in Malindi district on Wednesday morning after irate parents stormed in the school and closed the school head's offices claiming he was not cooperating with them.

They cited low level of education and poor performance in national exams as some of the problems caused by lack of cooperation between the headteacher and parents.

Pupils were preparing to go to their classes when parents stormed the school chanting, "He must go; he must go; he must go."

Lucky enough, the head teacher was not around when parents locked his office, with sources saying he had information regarding the demonstration by parents and decided not to turn up early that day.

The incident halted activities at the school forcing pupils to stay outside and watch their parents protest outside their classrooms.

Parents spokesman Staslus Mwagandi said the headteacher was not willing to work with parents.

He said they will bar him from the school but will instead ask the government through the ministry of education to post him to another school head.

"We don't want him here. He should be transferred to another school," he noted.

Mwagandi accused the school head of making decisions without involving the other key stake holders thus interfering with transparency and accountability.

The area chief Baya Thoya arrived at the school after he was informed about the incident and urged the parents to calm down.

While addressing them, the chief urged the parents to attend an urgent school meeting which was supposed to be held at the school on Thursday.

"We know you are bitter about the school head but it's good you cool down; Come back for an urgent meeting which will be held here on Thursday morning so that we can settle this matter once and for all," he told the angry parents who had gathered outside head teacher's office.

The deputy head teacher Charles Maina said they had received information earlier regarding the planned demo against the head teacher.

He said the problem was caused by leadership differences between the school head and former leaders of the school who always wanted to be involved in day to day running of the school even though they were no longer part of the current school management board.

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