Parents protest transfer of ‘hardworking’ headteacher
19 August 2016, 14:09
Nyeri - Parents of Mutonga Primary school in Mukurweini on Thursday caused drama in Nyeri town when they stormed the County Education offices protesting the transfer of the school head teacher.
The close to 100 men and women armed with twigs and placards said the teacher, Julius Macharia was hardworking and his transfer was punishment to pupils.
They demanded audience with the county Teachers Service Commission (TSC) director as they expressed fear that their national examination performance will drop.
“Macharia has been here for only one and half years. Our school used to be the last in the County and others laughed at us but since he came in 2014, we improved from a mean score of 200 to 250 marks in last year’s KCPE exams,” said Dickson Mwangi one of the parents.
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He said they have locked up the school main office with two padlocks to deny Macharia’s replacement access.
He further noted that Macharia was the only Mathematics teacher in the institution and currently the pupils are suffering.
However, the County TSC director Rita Wahome told the irate parents that their grievances would be addressed soon in a meeting at the school.
Wahome, however, revealed that it was Macharia who asked for transfer from the school contrary to the parents’ belief that he was forced to leave.
“Macharia asked for transfer from your school and he had been requesting for it. So we did to his wishes,” she said.
The parents pleaded with the director to reinstate Macharia to the school promising to build him a house within the school compound and fuel his car.
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