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Parents storm school, kick out head teacher

09 January 2014, 10:20 Oduor Omondi

Migori - The head teacher of  a primary school in Migori County has been evicted from the institution after irate parents stormed the institution claiming she was responsible for the school’s poor show in last year’s KCPE examinations.

The parents accused the head teacher of failure to provide good supervision to her teachers leading to poor KCPE results; the best candidate scored only 258 marks.

Since Monday, the gates of Nyabera Primary school in Uriri have remained closed as the angry parents withdrew their children from class demanding the immediate transfer of the head teacher, Mary Akich.

On Wednesday, the more than 50 parents matched into the school compound and threatened to chase away all teachers, claiming that teachers in the school have been reporting to school very late and thus denying pupils ample time to study.

“Some of the teachers failed completely to report for work for many days last year and the head teacher did nothing to address the problem”, some of the irate parents shouted.

The head teacher is also accused of high-handedness against children of parents who attempted to question the teachers’ truancy.

Following the mayhem at the school, the local education office summoned the head teacher and members of the school committee to an urgent meeting at the DEOs office on Wednesday to try to resolve the problem.

According to an education officer who asked not to be named for reasons that he is not allowed to comment on the matter, the parents have gone overboard in trying to address their grievances against the school management.

“It is not the responsibility of parents to choose who is to head the school or which teachers are to be posted to the school,” he said, adding that the parents were also to blame for the poor results.

Migori County chairman of Kenya Primary School Head teachers Association (KEPSHA),Tobias Okenge, condemned the parents’ action saying they had no moral authority to block Akich from her office.

“This is not the way to handle education matters and we are not going to allow parents to intimidate and frustrate our members who have been deployed to help our children,” he said.

After all, the school has had a very bad record of a big head teacher - turn out in the past ten years as a result of parents’ malicious claims against the heads,” he said.

Okenge defended Akich for the poor results saying she has only been at the school for less than two years without the support of parents.

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