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Matiang'i pledges action against teachers found culpable of caning students

25 February 2016, 15:27 Dareel Eric

Nairobi - Education Cabinet Secretary, Fred Matiang’i has said investigations to establish authenticity of a video that went viral of teachers allegedly caning students at Keveye Girls High school in Vihiga County have began.

Matiang’i was left awed with the level of discipline exhibited by students when he made an impromptu visit to the school Wednesday morning.

“To be honest, there is a little bit of exaggeration regarding the video that is circulating on social media, and reports that have been aired in a section of the media regarding how students are disciplined in this school,” Matiang’i said.

He added: “I’m very much impressed by what I have seen in the school today. From how the students behave to their performance, it is evident that this is one of the best schools we have in the country now.”

He said the many phone calls he had received from parents and other concerned parties made him to make the visit to the school first priority in the morning.

“Let us not put too much politics and innuendos in this matter as the Principal and teachers are doing a commendable job. We will act on anyone found culpable after the County education leaders and school management have investigated fully,” he said.

The CS visited the students’ dormitories, classes, held a meeting with the teachers in the staffroom and held the meeting with the school management before addressing the students.

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Matiang’i noted that some sort of misunderstanding between the teachers was fuelling animosity and had been addressed fully.   

“The Ministry will come in and settle everything that is of concern that may hinder provision of quality education to students and bring down performance,” he said.

He said Keveye being one of the best performing schools in the country, anything that touched on it with the possibility of destabilising it would be dealt with to the letter.

The CS was accompanied by vocational and technical education Principal Secretary Dinah Mwinzi, director basic education Leah Rotich, and head of protocol in the Ministry Ruth Agesa.  

County TSC director Stephen Mudho and County director of education Anne Kiilu were also present.

Matiang’i, while addressing students, assured them of the government’s commitment to ensure they learn in an enabling environment.

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He said the ministry will provide funds for the school to expand.

“When this school performed very well in last year’s examinations, many parents have brought their children so they can learn from here. This has caused strain on the available facilities. The ministry will come in and help the school,” he said.    

The school Principal, Judith Ngome had however dismissed claims that the video was recorded in her school.  

“There are many people who are not happy with the good performance of the school and maybe that is why they are trying to tarnish its name by all means possible. This is pure malice,” Ngome said.

She further noted that the video could also have surfaced as a result of existing bad blood among some of her teachers.

Ngome said the video could not be authenticated as it is purported to have been recorded last year and only released in the wake to upcoming release of KCSE results to divert attention.

She said the students were in good hands and that the discipline she has helped instill in the school that she took over with a mean score below 5, but has risen to 10.3 within three years cannot be underestimated.

The school topped Western region with a mean of 10.3 in the 2014 KCSE exams, beating giants like Friends School Kamusinga, Musingu, Nyang’ori, Lugulu and Bunyore.

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